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Holton, Kansas

Holton, Kansas

In May of 1856, a Milwaukee wagon train financed by E.D. Holton made its way through the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, arriving in the fall in what is now Jackson County. After wintering in Topeka, thirty miles south, the settlers returned to a plateau south of Elk Creek and began building the town of Holton.

Norman Rockwell would have loved Holton, often described by visitors as one of Kansas' best kept secrets.

The Jackson County Courthouse built in 1920, occupies the center of the town square. Brick streets and store fronts that recapture the days of old make shopping at the craft, antique and variety stores around the square a richly rewarding adventure.

Seasonal hunting, fishing, swimming and golfing provide other interesting sights and sounds of our community.


Jackson County has 3,877 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Rafter Park

Rafters Park provides a variety of recreational opportunities in the scenic rolling terrain adjacent to Elkhorn Lake. Outdoor activities include swimming, softball/baseball, sand volleyball courts, miniature golf, fishing, and shelterhouses.

Holton, KS Parks

State Bank of Holton Building

Originally built in 1889 and destroyed by fire twice, the present building was rebuilt in 1906 and is registered on the National Historic Register.

Holton, KS National Register

Expressions of Dolls & Other Caricatures

Private museum of dolls, dolls houses, caricatures, displayed in an attractive exhibit. There are over 400 dolls displayed. Dolls range from 1890 to present. About 20 personality dolls, i.e. Elvis, Jackie, Princess Di, Michael Jackson etc. Located on lower level of "Expressions Gift &

Holton, KS Museums

Jackson County Historical Museum

The Jackson County Historical society Museum contains one of the finest volunteer-run collections in Kansas. Authentic, detailed exhibits are changed monthly.

Holton, KS Museums

Hotel Josephine

Hotel Josephine is a reminder of the days when 14 passenger trains daily served the Holton community. The hotel was built by prominent Holtonian A.D. Walker in 1889 who financed construction of the two story red brick building by selling stock subscriptions to fellow townspeople.

Holton, KS Historic Buildings

Things to do near Holton, KS

Banner Creek Fishing

Banner Creek Resevoir has been stocked with Largemouth Bass, Channel Cat, Flathead Catfish, Crappie, Redar Sunfish, Bluegill,...