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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

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

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

Holton Country Club

Holton Country Club, established in 1924, invites you to enjoy the seclusion of a 9 hole, par 35 hideaway. Fairways lined with majestic hardwoods follow the gentle, rolling landscape. Experience the undulating bent-grass greens. Many of the fairways are lined with oak trees that are over 100

Holton, KS Golf Courses

Sears Roebuck and Co. House

A Sears Roebuck and Co. concrete block house was featured in the 1908 General Catalog for $1,995.00. That amount allowed for paid labor for assembling the house. The concrete blocks were made on site with a Wizard of Buckeye Concrete Block Machine which were sold in the same catalog.

Holton, KS Historic Homes

Things to do near Holton, KS

Banner Creek Trails

There is a 5.2 mile roundtrip hiking and bicycling tralil was opened to the public in the spring of 1999 on the reservoir\'s ...

Banner Creek Camping

Primitive camping is allowed on the south side of the resevoir near the boat ramp. Water is available at several spigots plac...

Burr Oak

Having a crown spread of over 93 feet, this 200 year old Burr Oak tree is one of the largest in Kansas. ...

Casino White Cloud

Gaming-Dining-Players Club-Promotions-Amenities We have 4 country cabins that work as an excellent retreat from home. They...

Maxwell Springs

Maxwell Springs is believed to have been a water source for travelers through Nemaha County, including Pony Express riders. T...