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Hoisington, Kansas

Hoisington was organized in 1886 and incorporated in 1888. Hoisington has always been a railroad town, this being a relay station and division point. Hoisington was first called Monon on the railroad and the keycall letters are still M.O. for Monon. The railroad shops in Hoisington were the largest buildings in central Kansas until World War II. These landmarks are still owned by the railroad.

When the main western line of the Missouri Pacific railroad was being built west from Kansas City, and the construction force had reached a point near what is now the townsite of Hoisington, a company of well known Kansas men began the laying out of the town that takes its name from the head of the Company, A.J. Hoisington, one of the pioneers of Barton County and for many years engaged in the newspaper business in Great Bend. A.J. was revered by all who knew him for his kindly deeds and unswerving manhood.


Barton County has 4,676 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Hoisington, KS

The Carriage House

The Carriage House, built in the early 1800s was the first brick home built in Oxford. John J. Hahn was the first of several...

Pratt County Historical Museum

A visit to the Pratt County Historical Museum is like instant time travel to the days when America began building an empire o...

Grove Park Golf Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Santa Fe Trail Ruts

Ruts left by wagon trains can be found along Ash Creek, a tributary that feeds the Arkansas River. Ask at the Farmer's Co-op ...