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Ness City's First Schoolhouse


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Ness City's First Schoolhouse The pioneer Pembleton family purchased the Old Echo Print Shop, a small native stone building built in 1882, which had at one time been the first schoolhouse in Ness City, and the Pembletons donated it to the Historical Society. Due to the growing number of artifacts, an addition was built on the east and south sides of the schoolhouse. The building is still owned by the Historical Society.

The schoolhouse has been restored like an old time schoolroom and many artifacts are stored in the addition.


Address: 209 East Sycamore

See the Ness County Historical Museum at 123 S. Pennsylvania for hours and special tours.

Museum Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Holidays, except by appointment

No Admission Charge, donations accepted

123 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
785-798-3298,
785-798-2505,
785-798-3365

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Outdoor Recreation

Recreational facilities include a modern municipal swimming pool, hard-surfaced tennis courts, city park playgrounds, theatre, the Cedar Bluff reservoir recreational area on K-147 highway only 27 miles northeast. Good fishing is provided from the waters of the Cedar Bluff reservoir, Goodman Lake (

Ness City, KS Recreation

Ness County Historical Museum

The Historical Museum is housed in the old Beardslee Brothers General Store which originally was a building owned by Ross Calhoun, the father of Ness City. When a fire destroyed the building in 1899, the present building was built with supplies from the razed Calhoun House and sugar mill.

Ness City, KS Museums

Ness County Bank Building

The four-story, 18,700 sq. ft. stone building at the intersection of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, in Ness City, Kansas, was called, upon its completion in 1890, "The finest and most imposing structure west of Topeka." In February, 1972, the building was placed on the

Ness City, KS Historic Buildings

George Washington Carver Memorial Marker

Granite Marker at the Carver Homestead

One of Beeler's most famous pioneer settlers was George Washington Carver, who journeyed by wagon from Highland, Kansas to Eden Township in Ness Countv with J.F. Beeler.

In August 1886, Carver established a claim on the SE ¾ of 4-19- 26

Ness City, KS Memorials

Ness County Country Club

The Ness County Country Club is the first golf course in the United States to be equipped with OmniSport artificial greens. The nine-hole course is open to the public for a $5.00 green fee.

Ness City, KS Golf Courses

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