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Wilson, Kansas

Wilson, Kansas

From the Butterfield Overland Express of 1865 and the Wilson station of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1868, to the "Czech's" Bohemians of 1874, this town has gone by three different names. At first it was known as Attica, then Bosland, then was named "Wilson" by the U.S. Post Office in 1874.

Wilson is known as the Czech Capital of Kansas because of the heritage that settled here. Occasionally one can meet citizens of Wilson who still know the native tongue.

The Czech's are known for their hard work; which is represented in the quarried post-rock one finds in the buildings and fence posts. Today twenty-two of those buildings are still standing and many house businesses nearly 100 years later.

Wilson is the Gateway to beautiful Lake Wilson, which is a man-made lake of 9,000 acres of clear blue water. One can enjoy fishing, boating, camping, nature walks, and swimming.

You are also in "Post Rock Country" where tours are available for around town, in the country and through the shops. (By appointment, please.)

Attractions and Upcoming Events

War Memorial

Located in Downtown Wilson in the city park by the railroad right of way is the World Wars Memorial in memory to those soldiers and marines who lost their lives during the wars.

Wilson, KS Memorials


Old City Jail

A unique stone building in Wilson, Kansas, is the round jail built around 1911. Originally it was used for a water tower of the city, with the lower part serving as the jail. The 18

Wilson, KS Pioneer Life

The Midland Railroad Hotel

The native limestone structure was originally built in 1889 as the "Power Hotel." In 1902 a fire gutted the interior of the Hotel leaving the limestone walls. Mr. Samuel Anspaugh agreed to purchase the hotel site if the town would raise the money for interior construction. A fund drive netted $2,250

Wilson, KS Historic Hotels


Things to do near Wilson, KS