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The community was home to several notable people. Col. S. M. Porter was an early-day pioneer who become one of southeast Kansas' and northeast Oklahoma's foremost industrialists. He was responsible for bringing the railroads to the Caney area and for creating industrial development.

George H. Wark, Porter's son-in-law, was a longtime Caney attorney who helped muster the first units of the Kansas Army National Guard. He mustered Company D in Caney in 1916 and led the troops to Europe in World War I. He retired in 1943 as a brigadier general.

Kenneth McFarland was a Caney native who become one of the nation's foremost orators and after-dinner speakers. McFarland was an educator by occupation but spent his later years as a nationwide lecturer on positive thinking.

Eva Jessye, a native of Coffeyville, spent her summers at a relative's home in the Caney area. She later became nationally-recognized choral artist, serving as music director of the original Porgy and Bess and the pioneering film Hallelujah. She was regarded as the female dean of African-American music in the United States.


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Attractions and Upcoming Events

Opera House/Elk's Hall

The popular Truskett Opera House which was built in 1907 burned along with other businesses in 1910 having a $50,000 loss. The Caney Elk's Club acquired the opera house facilities and rebuilt a building for club use. Their "Elk's Hall"

Caney, KS Opera Houses

Black Dog Trail Marker

The Osage Indians were a dominant population in what was to be Southeast Kansas, and their influence had a positive effect on Caney. Chief Black Dog cleared a trail 30

Caney, KS Ethnic Heritage

Caney Valley Historical Society Museum

Three buildings form the Caney Valley Historical Society Museum complex with the Wallar Building housing most of the exhibits and is also the location of the Caney Chamber of Commerce office. The town's heritage as "The Big Gas Town"

Caney, KS Museums

Gen. George H. Wark Memorial Park

This city park was established in 1919 in memory of Caney's Company D who participated in World War I. Gen. George H. Wark organized Co. D, 3rd Kansas Infantry and mustered the first units of the Kansas Army National Guard into federal service at Caney's Elk's Hall, May 19, 1917

Caney, KS Memorials

Safari Zoological Park

Welcome to the Safari Zoological Park. The Park was established in 1989 for the purpose of saving endangered animals and was opened to the public in 1994. See our magnificent animals, lions, tigers and bears, plus jaguars and black leopards. There's alligators, lemurs, baboons and much more!

Caney, KS Zoos

Things to do Notables near Caney, KS

Caney Notables

The community was home to several notable people. Col. S. M. Porter was an early-day pioneer who become one of southea...