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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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Hotel and Stage Coach Stop

This 1889 Hotel and Stage Coach Stop was constructed from native sandstone quarried from Chochran's Hill north of Caney. The basement was used to store winter ice cut from the Caney River.

Caney, KS Historic Buildings

Historic Homes Tour

Caney is proud of its rich heritage and is fortunate to have preserved much of the architecture of its early development. The Historical Society has prepared a self-guided tour brochure to illustrate some of Caney'

Caney, KS Tours

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

Little White School House

The first school, built in 1870, was a log cabin provided by Berryman Smith. The teacher, Mrs. O.M. \"Billie\" Smith, had 25 students enrolled. Bonds for the next school building, the Little White School House, were sold to raise $1,800 and the school was built in 1872 for $900

Caney, KS Historic Schoolhouses

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

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Caney Notables

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