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St. Francis, Kansas

St. Francis, Kansas

In August, 1880, a Post Office was established in Wano, 1.5 miles northeast of present St. Francis at the trading post. During late 1887, while the railroad was being constructed, the first buildings were moved from Wano to St. Francis. The site, a Horse Ranch owned by the Lincoln Land Company, was surveyed in 1887, by A. L. Emerson, a New England sea captain who had run away from home to follow the sea at age 16. He led the movement to the new townsite and named it in honor of his brother, Francis, who had recently been deceased. The Saint was added later, and the Post Office was officially moved in 1888.


Cheyenne County has 21,629 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Sawhill Park

Features one of the last bandshells in Kansas with its unique acoustics.

St. Francis, KS Amphitheaters

Arikaree Breaks Driving Tour

The breaks, located on the extreme northern edge of Cheyenne County, are 36 miles long and approximately two to three miles wide. This area of extremely rough terrain, with its deep ravines and gullies is a marked contrast to the plains generally associated with the area. The breaks were formed 9,00

St. Francis, KS Tours

Apollo 17 Marker

St. Francis, Kansas is the birthplace and boyhood home of Apollo astronaut, Ron Evans, who was aboard the Apollo 17 in its sixth and final lunar expedition of the Apollo series in 1972. While aboard the expedition, Ron Evans made the longest space walk of the time at 44

St. Francis, KS Landmarks

Riverside Recreation

Golf - 9 holes, grass greens, club house, cart rental

St. Francis, KS Golf Courses

Ye Olde Country Church

The Church was built by the First German Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Church congregation in 1914. The original pump organ that was purchased and placed in the church in 1914

St. Francis, KS Historic Churches

Things to do near St. Francis, KS

Sebelius Hiking/Horseback Riding

Hiking is permitted throughout the area, but horseback riding is limited to the Branded Cedar Trail and open maintained roadw...

Kirwin Refuge Hunting

Hunting for waterfowl and upland game is permitted during the appropriate season. ...