Brown County, KS

Brown CountyMany things went into the birth and growth of Brown County and its towns. Like many others across America, these small towns consist of more than just a few square miles and square blocks of wood and bricks and soil, they also consist of the vision and toil of hundreds of individuals. Let us quaint you with our: HOMETOWN HOMILIES.


The Missouri Pacific Railroad, so vital to Everest's beginning, still runs through this active community of 300+ people today. Everest has a fine library and a large museum housed in the three story brick building which originally served as the grade and high school.


It was agriculture that brought settlers to this area in 1886 and is still the mainstay of the economy today. Unlike many area towns, Fairview's roots are not wrapped around railroad tracks.


Morrill was named after E.N. Morrill, who was elected to the Legislature and served as governor from 1895 to 1897. A Sac and Fox Indian Trail ran a short distance west of the town and the mounds of two of Jim Lane's old forts were still visible a few miles away until the end of the century.


A great trading post, stock and grain were shipped in and out in car-loads. The Iowa's (Indians) came to town and were good traders. The relationship between the reservation and town remains strong today.


The Brown County seat since 1858, Hiawatha was named after the Indian brave in Longfellow's poem Song of Hiawatha.


The construction of the Rock Island Railroad throughout the state of Kansas in 1886 fathered the city of Horton. Within 16 months the new town had a population of 4,000. It was a Boom Town and grew so rapidly that it was called the "Magic City".


The city began in 1857 when a Post Office was established near a sawmill built by E.N. Morrill. Morrill named the town Hamlin in honor of a friend who was a congressman from Maine.


This town sprang into existence in unison with the building of the Rock Island Railroad across the southwest corner of the country in 1887. Today's community depends on their strong faith and agriculture.


Founded in 1859 by anti-slavery settlers brought from the East by Dr. Robinson. The town's namesake was to become the first free state governor of Kansas.

Kickapoo Nation Reservation

Each treaty moved the Kickapoos, who were primarily an agricultural/hunting tribe, a little more to the west from Illinois until in 1832 they settled on 1.2 million acres in what is now northeast Kansas. Today the tribe controls 5,000 acres of the original area on which 600 of the 1,400 members live.

Iowa Reservation

The Iowa came to Kansas from Minnesota in the early 1800's. The Iowa's are farmers at heart and began purchasing farm land for tribal use about 20 years ago. From 300 to 400 of the remaining 2,000 enrolled members actually live on the current 2,000 acres in Kansas and Nebraska.

Sac & Fox Reservation

The tiny community of Reserve is where the smallest Kansas tribe, 360 members, has its headquarters. The only gas station and convenience store in town is owned and run by the Nation. The tribe has even purchased Reserve's old schoolhouse and hopes to convert it to a community center and a joint venture health center for Indians and non-Indians alike.

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Town Clock

The Town Clock is the only such clock between Indianapolis and Denver on Highway U.S. 36. It was built in 1891 as part of the First National Bank building and is listed on the Kansas Register. The clock is owned by the City of Hiawatha and the building by a local businessman.

Hiawatha, KS Landmarks

Old Homes Tour

The self-guided old homes tour features 14 of Hiawatha's beautiful turn of the century homes that will help you relive some of the past. The brochure has a map and short history of each house featured. The brochure can be picked up at the Chamber office and several businesses in Hiawatha. <

Hiawatha, KS Tours

The Post Office Murals

The Horton Post Office was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The two murals on the Walls, "Picnic in Kansas" and "Changing of Horses for the Pony Express" were painted by Colorado artist, Kenneth Evett in 1938 and 1939

Horton, KS Arts

Brown County Historical Society Ag Museum and Windmill Lane

The Ag Museum constructed in 1993, features a unique display of windmills. It resembles a 1900 farmstead with a paved windmill trail for sightseers and joggers to use and enjoy. There is a log cabin replica that is the office, the Old Barn, Ernie'

Hiawatha, KS Museums

Brown County Historical Society Museum

Listed on both the Kansas and National Registers of Historic Places , the building which houses the Museum was built in 1920

Hiawatha, KS Museums

Free Public Library

In 1901, the History and Literature Club, which had been organized in 1891, wrote a letter to Andrew Carnegie requesting his help in creating a public library in Horton. This encouraged Federated Women's Clubs to get a tax levy for establishing a library and in 1938

Horton, KS Historic Buildings

Davis Memorial

The Internationally known Davis Memorial is located just three blocks north of U.S. Highway 36 & 73 junction and east 1/2 mile in Mt. Hope Cemetery. There are eleven life-sized figures depicting John &

Hiawatha, KS Memorials

St. Leo's Catholic Church

The cornerstone for the present church was laid August 4, 1915 and the structure was dedicated May 15, 1916 by the Most Reverend Bishop Ward of Leavenworth in the presence of 25 priests, Abbot Innocent Wolf, O.S.B. of Atchison and a vast congregation. The Sanctuary of St. Leo'

Horton, KS Historic Churches

Werner Wagon Works and Guest House

Keeping Our Roots Alive by Passing on the Old Pioneer Skills Visiting Werner Wagon Works, located on the east side of beautiful Mission Lake, you'll be welcomed to "a piece of the past." Tour the working 1800'

Horton, KS Pioneer Life

Mission Lake

Located in the Northeast corner of Horton, Mission Lake is easily accessible from either US-73 or from Highway K-20/US-73. It has 278 acres of camping grounds with over 100

Horton, KS Recreation

Golden Eagle Casino

The Casino is owned by the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, located 6 miles West of Horton, KS on Highway 20. It's Las Vegas style gaming at a friendly pace. Come, stay as long as you like, our "boat"

Horton, KS Casinos

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