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Wabaunsee County, KS

Wabaunsee CountyThis land was the home of the Pottawatomie and Kaw Indians before it became a county in 1882. The first log house was built in Wabaunsee County in 1842. It was first known as Richardson County but was later named for Chief Wabaunsee of the Pottawatomie Tribe and means "Dawn of Day". It is located in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. Thousands of cattle roamed our hills in spring and summer. Wild flowers grow abundantly and photographers find their dreams can come true.


Alma is the county seat, but became so only after three elections with Wabaunsee running a close second each time.


During the Civil War, people came from Connecticut wanting Kansas to remain a free state, and formed the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony bringing with them guns to fight if needed, and Bibles to teach others about Christianity.


An underground railroad was organized out in the country to help slaves escape to Canada, but it did not reach into the towns. The home of Captain Mitchell in the north part of the County was one of the stations to keep the slaves in hiding until they were taken into Iowa and on to Canada. Most of the early immigrants came into this area from Germany.


Each town in Wabaunsee County: Alma, Alta Vista, Eskridge, Harveyville, Maple Hill, McFarland, Paxico and Wabaunsee, is a typical small town with friendly people who are happy to live here.

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Wabaunsee Co. Historical Society & Museum

A focal point for visitors near and far. The museum features turn-of- the-century farm exhibits, a blacksmith shop, leather-making display, an early day doctor's office, an 1880 schoolroom, a 1928

Alma, KS Museums

Historic Business District

As was common in Kansas after the Civil War, the railroad had a vested interest in developing new towns. In 1887

Paxico, KS Historic Downtowns



Kuenzli Creek Oxen Tours

Experience the speed of travel on the western trails throughout the Tallgrass Prairie of the Flint Hills. Our two hour tour makes a wholesome and educational family outing. We prefer family groups of about six or less.

Alma, KS Tours

Wabaunsee High School

WHS serves the communities of Alma, McFarland, Paxico and Maple Hill. It was constructed in 1938 and is an example of one of the many native stone buildings located in Alma. With its limestone exterior and red tile roof, it is considered one of the most beautiful high schools in Kansas.

Alma, KS Historic Buildings

Stone House in City Park

This house was built in the 1880

Alma, KS Famous Homes

Schroeder/Ringel Residence

This native stone home was built by Gus Schroeder in 1888. The Schroeder home and the date built are inscribed on the stone scroll above the front door. The exterior from the 100

Alma, KS Famous Homes

Ag Heritage Park

Living the farm life, Everett and Hazel have a natural passion for collecting antique farm machinery, as well as items that portray historic ag life. The "Ag Heritage Park" is the culmination of Everett and Hazel's efforts to collect memorabilia that commemorates ag life.

Alta Vista, KS Museums

Peace United Church of Christ

This native stone church was erected in 1881. Peter Land and August Beutel were responsible for the construction of the church. The bell and tower were added in 1897, as a gift of Johann and Maria Klockman.

Alma, KS Historic Churches


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