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Strong City, Kansas

Strong City, Kansas

The town of Strong City originated in March of 1871 when the Santa Fe Railroad was completed to the point then known as Cottonwood Station. Strong City was referred to as Cottonwood Station until 1881. In February of 1881 a petition was signed by a majority of the citizens and presented to the legislature asking that the body officially change the name to Strong. It was approved and Cottonwood Station was renamed in honor of William Barstow (W.B.) Strong, General Superintendent and later, President of the Santa Fe Railway System, also known as A.T. and S.F. In 1945, "City" was added to the name Strong.

The frontier lives on around Strong City in the rich, unique history, culture, and ecology of the Great Plains enjoyed throughout the 11,000 acres of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. See world class cowboys competing annually at the Flint Hills Rodeo, the oldest consecutively run professional rodeo in the state of Kansas.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

The Santa Fe Depot

The original depot burned in 1902 and was replaced in 1903. In 1913, due in part to the very heavy passenger and freight traffic, a new brick depot trimmed in native cut limestone was built for a cost of $20,000

Strong City, KS Railroad History

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

In 1994 the National Park Trust purchased the 10,894

Strong City, KS National Parks

Chase County Scenic Drive

Chase County contains vast areas of unspoiled prairie. In the spring, after the pastures have been burned, some of the hills look like they are all rock without enough soil to support life, and it'

Strong City, KS Scenic Drives

Knute Rockne Memorial Marker

On March 31, 1931, the plane carrying Notre Dame's famous football coach, Knute Rockne, and H.J. Christen, J.H. Happer, W.B. Miller, Charles A. Robrecht, Spencer G. Goldwaite, Robert Frye, and Jess Mathias, crashed near Bazaar in Chase County, losing all lives.

Strong City, KS Memorials

Flint Hills Rodeo

The Flint Hills Rodeo is the oldest consecutively run professional rodeo in the state of Kansas. The top cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the midwest compete each year for over $50,000 in six traditional rodeo contests. Plan a spring trip to the "heart of the Kansas Flint Hills"

Strong City, KS Rodeos

Things to do near Strong City, KS

Skyline/Mill Creek Scenic Drive

Skyline/Mill Creek Scenic Drive is one of the prettiest drives you can take through the Kansas Flint Hills. A frequently trav...

Downtown Augusta, Inc.

Downtown Augusta, Inc. is a Main Street program with the State of Kansas. They help to develop the downtown area, maintainin...