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Scott City, Kansas

Scott City, Kansas

Few people know that in the beginning Scott City, Kansas was Nixon, Kansas, named after A.M. Nixon of Iowa, who was among a company of three who laid out the town in 1879. Nixon, like many of the new western towns died in its infancy, but in 1885 was revived and renamed Scott Centre being located in the exact center of the county, then in 1913 its name was changed again to Scott City.

The railroads of Scott Count have a very interesting history. In the summer of 1887 the Santa Fe and Missouri-Pacific railroads made a race to Scott City. According to Benton Wood, a pioneer, and other old timers, the race was very close and came near ending in bloodshed.

Eleven miles north of Scott City on Beaver Creek is located the beautiful Scott City Park with its rugged scenery and fine lake. It has a trout pool fed by the largest never failing spring in Kansas and is one of the prettiest spots in the state.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Old Steele Pioneer Home

As a visitor to Lake Scott State Park you'

Scott City, KS Pioneer History

Keystone Gallery

The Keystone Gallery is housed in the historic limestone building built in 1917 as a community church. It houses a prehistoric museum with late Cretaceous fossils from the Kansas Niobrara formation, a curio shop, featured artwork by Charles Bonner, and information about Monument Rocks.

Scott City, KS Museums

Cattle Feeding Industry

See the multi-million dollar cattle feeding industry in action. Visit a feedlot and see how modern equipment and management work hand-in-hand to produce food for a nation. Scott County ranks #1 in cattle feeding counties in Kansas.

Scott City, KS Agriculture

Squaw's Den Cave, The Last Indian Battle in Kansas

Travel to the place where the last Indian battle in Kansas took place. Punished Woman Fork is about a mile southeast of Lake Scott State Park. It is marked by a monument over a cave known as Squaw's Den where Indian women and children hid while warriors waited in ambush for the US Calvary.

Scott City, KS Battlesites

El Quartelejo Museum

You'll discover the fascinating history of Scott County and its surrounding area at the El Quartelejo Museum located on the west edge of Scott City. What did prehistoric fish look like and why are their fossil bones found in Scott County?

Scott City, KS Museums

Things to do near Scott City, KS

The Battle of Coon Creek

Indian attacks along the Santa Fe trail were frequent from the 1820's to the 1870's. Near here, where the trail followed the...

American Discovery Trail

Located along the River Road which follows the south side of the Arkansas River, the American Discovery Trail (ADT) passes cl...