Change & Growth
The Beginnings of Business
Manhattan's businesses developed around the transportation available at the time. Initially, the Kansas River and the Military Trail leading to Fort Riley were the only routes to get to Manhattan. With the arrival of the railroads, commerce quickly grew in the downtown area. By the 1880's, the southeast portion of downtown was home to grain elevators, lumber yards, several hotels and all of the other businesses needed to build a growing community.
In 1987, Manhattan began a redevelopment of the downtown highlighted by the building of Manhattan Town Center on the east end of Poyntz Avenue. This project relocated a number of business-to-business companies, solidifying downtown as the city's retail district.
Following the mall project, a new bridge was constructed over the Kansas River displacing an additional number of the original businesses.
The movement toward retail and entertainment business continues today in Manhattan's downtown.
Credits: Photos - Riley County Historical Society
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
Location. 39° 10.564′ N, 96° 33.621′ W. Marker is in Manhattan, Kansas, in Riley County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Colorado Street, on the right when traveling south on 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manhattan KS 66502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Manhattan's Union Pacific Depot - Revived (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colorado Street (about 500 feet away); Yuma Street (about 600 feet away); The American Veteran (approx. ¼ mile away); Riley County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Amanda Arnold Arch (approx. 0.3 miles away); Damon Runyon (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manhattan.
Also see . . .
1. Manhattan, Kansas, at Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Manhattan in Cutler's History of Kansas (1883). (Submitted on February 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 267 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.