Lincoln County, KS

Lincoln CountyEver been to Lincoln County? Ever seen a stone post fence? Do stone buildings intrigue you? Fourteen miles north of I-70, in North Central Kansas is Lincoln County with a history of dependence of limestone which lies tow to four feet below the surface.

Lincoln County has much of the original prairie grassland that beckoned early settlers in the 1860's although now ther are trees, a resource that was not present at that time to build new homes, churches, schools, main street buildings, and fences. Settlers first built dug-outs the quarried limestone from their land to provide building material for their homes and other needs.

Lincoln County is Capital of Post Rock Country, a diagonal swath extending from Republic County with the widest part in Lincoln County to the southern tip in Hodgeman County. Visitors will still find miles of stone fences and homes driving through the wide sloping hills and exploring the small towns of Barnard, Sylvan Grove, Beverly, and Lincoln. The Vesper and Denmark communities are also in the county.

A working quarry near Sylvan Grove is open by appointment for stone cutting demonstrations and a visit of Kansas farm equipment, both vintage and new.

Visitors will also find evidence in the area of the Danish, German, and Irish settlers. The Denmark Community provides a three-hour tour of Denmark, consisting of a historic church, hall, home, and gift shop. The tour is available by appointment from May through October.

Arts and Crafts studios, an Art Center, and a store specializing in books and art from the area are located in the town of Lincoln.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church was built by Danish immigrants who settled in Denmark, Kansas in 1869 and 1870. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the native limestone rock church was completed in 1878.

Denmark, KS Historic Churches

Stone Double-Arch Bridge

It was a meeting place for three different ethnic groups in the settling days of the area.

Lincoln, KS Historic Bridges

Marshall-Yohe House

The Marshall-Yohe House is a Victorian mansion with original furnishings including hand-painted dolls and china. Forty-five minute guided tours are available.

Lincoln, KS Historic Homes

Kyne House Museum

This limestone house, home to early pioneers Timothy and Bridget Kyne, was built in 1885 by Timothy. Among the featured pieces are a pie safe and table that were also built by Timothy. Two additions provide more display space, and the one-room Topsy School is also in the museum complex.

Lincoln, KS Museums

The Topsy School

The Topsy School is a one-room school which was moved to its present site, east of the Kyne House Museum in August 1986 from the county west of Westfall and renovated by the Lincoln County Historical Society.

Lincoln, KS Historic Schoolhouses

Creature Creations Metal Art

This dragon sculpture is one of many Creature Creations built by J.R. Dickerman viewable in his "Open Range Zoo"

Lincoln, KS Arts

Cummins Block Building - NHR

The Cummins Block Building with ornate limestone and arched windows was built in 1881 in Lincoln, Kansas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It stands across from the county courthouse.

Lincoln, KS Historic Buildings

Lincoln County Courthouse

The Lincoln County Courthouse is a limestone monument completed in 1900, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the facility exists as it was originally hand crafted, and it continues as the administrative and judicial seat of county government.

Lincoln, KS Historic Courthouses

Post Rock Scout Museum

Located in the beautiful Cummins Block Building and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places

Lincoln, KS Museums

Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Library is a 1913 limestone structure with original interior.

Lincoln, KS Carnegie Libraries

Jensen/Dahl/Wade Home

The Jensen/Dahl/Wade home in Denmark, Kansas, is a late 1800'

Denmark, KS Historic Homes

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