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Ness City, Kansas

Ness City, Kansas

Ness City is a modern small town with small town advantages, located at the crossroads of Western Kansas. Its location places it approximately 100 miles from Nebraska on the north, 100 miles from Colorado on the west, and 100 miles from Oklahoma on the south. Highway K-96 passes through the city east and west, linking Central and Eastern Kansas with direct route to the Rockies. US-283 Highway passes through the city north and south. Both highways provide direct routes for the traveler.

Ness City is well equipped to serve the traveling public as well as those working temporarily in the area. The Derrick Inn, a modern motel, is a domed structure with indoor swimming pool. A private club and a fine restaurant is there also, and there are several other first class restaurants.

Ness City History

Ross Calhoun, the most vigorous of all town promoters is remembered as the father of Ness City. He came to the area about 1877, and during a county seat fight with Sidney (about a mile south of present Ness City) he was so adamant about locating the county seat in the exact center of the county that he tied rags to the wagon wheels in order to count the revolutions and miles. His efforts were rewarded as Ness City won the county seat. Calhoun deeded a block in Ness City for a courthouse and jail. It was not until 1886, however, that Ness City became an incorporated town.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Ness City's First Schoolhouse

The pioneer Pembleton family purchased the Old Echo Print Shop, a small native stone building built in 1882

Ness City, KS Historic Schoolhouses

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

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 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

Things to do near Ness City, KS