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Holton, Kansas

Holton, Kansas

In May of 1856, a Milwaukee wagon train financed by E.D. Holton made its way through the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, arriving in the fall in what is now Jackson County. After wintering in Topeka, thirty miles south, the settlers returned to a plateau south of Elk Creek and began building the town of Holton.

Norman Rockwell would have loved Holton, often described by visitors as one of Kansas' best kept secrets.

The Jackson County Courthouse built in 1920, occupies the center of the town square. Brick streets and store fronts that recapture the days of old make shopping at the craft, antique and variety stores around the square a richly rewarding adventure.

Seasonal hunting, fishing, swimming and golfing provide other interesting sights and sounds of our community.


Jackson County has 3,877 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Swimming Pool

Built in 1936 as a WPA project, Holton's municipal pool is one of largest in the midwest with a 385,000 gallon pool. The pool underwent complete renovation in 1985, incorporating state-of-the-art health and safety technology.

Holton, KS Recreation

Linscott Park

The City of Holton purchased the Linscott Park property from the Linscott family in 1928. the property was the site of the Linscott family home- Buena Vista. The terms of the purchase was that no "private enterprise" be allowed in the park.

Holton, KS Parks

Sterrett House

A two-story, brick home dating to the 1860s.

Holton, KS Historic Homes

Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation

Rich in cultural tradition, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe currently reside on 11 square miles, 77,000 acres, west of U.S. 75. Tribal membership is over 4,300 with approximately 500 living on the reservation and the remainder living across the United States.

Holton, KS Indian Reservations

Burr Oak Natural Landmark

Having a crown spread of over 93 feet, this 200-plus year old, Burr Oak tree is one of the largest in Kansas. Searle's Oak was donated to the city of Holton in 1992, at the time being the 11th largest Burr Oak in Kansas. The estimated planting time was between 1792 and 1817.

Holton, KS

Things to do near Holton, KS

Sabetha Lake

Sabetha Lake provides a place to boat and water ski. With a one day or annual boat permit, you may fish, camp and/or picnic ...