Doniphan County was the first named Kansas county. Founded 140 years ago, Doniphan County and its quiet little towns seem unaffected by the passing of time making it easy to imagine you are in 1856 Kansas once again. Captivated by rolling hills and valleys you can easily envision Indian growth and adventure, when riverboats arrived and departed regularly and business thrived. Bordered on three sides by the Missouri River, the county offered great advantages for markets and profited enormously. River towns sprung up, steamboats supplied the towns and unloaded travelers and freight headed for the Western Interior. Immigrants came from as far away as Switzerland, France and Germany. A French influence is recognized in the extravagant architecture of homes and buildings constructed.
Traveling along K-7 Highway, north of Sparks, imagine the steamboats accepting the challenge of the mighty Missouri as they deliver passengers and goods to the towns along the way. can't you just see the boats docked on the levees? The wagons and people are busy and lively. There is a great hustle and bustle of excitement.
Doniphan County is blessed with rich natural resources, a beautiful landscape, a large river, woods, wildlife and rolling hills. We enjoy what we have and would like to share it with you.
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Pete the Pig Monument stands on main street in White Cloud, Kansas. In 1910, ten-year old Wilbur Chapman sold a prized pig to raise money for a leper colony. Coin savings banks were created in the shape of pigs, manufactured, and sold, resulting in the origination of the "Piggy Bank"White Cloud, KS Monuments
Constructed in 1856, this is the oldest structure in Troy. The one-and-a-half story center-gable house is constructed of hand-hewn timbers. The corner posts are hand-hewn cottonwood and the windows contain some original hand made glass. Nelson Rodgers, the town'Troy, KS Famous Homes
The Lewis and Clark expedition arrived in what is now Kansas June 26, 1804, in the North Kansas City area and pushed north along the Missouri River, exploring both sides of the river. They camped in Doniphan County, south of White Cloud on July 6-7White Cloud, KS Historic Markers
Irvin Hall, Highland Community College is the oldest college building still in use in Kansas. When the town of Highland was established in 1857, one of the first objectives was to establish a site for a university. Work on the first building, Irvin Hall, began in 1858Highland, KS Historic Schoolhouses