Today, Riley County still carries the history of its earliest settlers in the amazing limestone buildings, homes, and churches throughout the county. It is the home of Kansas State University academic excellence and Big 12 athletics. Tuttle Creek Reservoir, the state's second largest reservoir offers endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Fort Riley Military Reservation occupies a vast number of acres in the western portion of the county where active military training is carried on daily as well as offering public availability to the historic buildings within the fort.
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Take a peek at the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library. Included in the Museum Complex is the 1855 prefabricated Hartford House, the Randolph Jail, and the Goodnow House.Manhattan, KS Museums
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the First National Bank was at this location from 1887 to 1912.
This building and its twin building next door were built by J.N. Limbocker and are now part of the Manhattan Town Center structure.Manhattan, KS Historic Buildings
Founded in 1863 as the nation's first land grant college, Kansas State University is a nationally recognized comprehensive university with more than 200 undergraduate programs, 60 master's degree programs, and 40 doctoral programs. More than 20,000 students and 1,200Manhattan, KS Colleges
The Randolph Jail is a nineteenth century jail located on the grounds of the Riley County Historical Museum. It was relocated here from the old town of Randolph in northern Riley County when the old town location was moved with the creation of Tuttle Creek Reservoir.Manhattan, KS Pioneer Life
Harry P. Wareham moved with his family from Flush, Kansas in 1868, when he was two years old and when he was nine and his brother, William, was eleven, their father died. Mrs. Wareham, Sarah, established the Wareham Millinery Company, which she ran for many years.
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The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art offers an in-depth look at Kansas art and brings art and artists from around the world to the heart of Kansas. This 25,000 sq. ft. facility is home to KSU's permanent art collection. Since its establishment in 1928, this collection has grown to over 7,000Manhattan, KS Museums
In the heart of the Flint Hills, the 8,616-acre Konza Prairie is a rare opportunity to experience the Prairie as the pioneers did during their trek westward. Once a part of the Dewey Ranch, Chicago Industrialist C.P. Dewey acquired the prairie piece by piece during the last quarter of the 1800s. <Manhattan, KS Nature Preserves
The American Museum of Baking housed in the Emerson Library of the American Institute of Baking, contains one of the world's largest collections of artifacts on baking history, including the "world's largest collection of baker statuettes and figurines,"Manhattan, KS Museums