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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rice County, Kansas

Clickable Map of Rice County, Kansas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Rice County, KS (20) Barton County, KS (61) Ellsworth County, KS (28) McPherson County, KS (62) Reno County, KS (34) Stafford County, KS (7)  RiceCounty(20) Rice County (20)  BartonCounty(61) Barton County (61)  EllsworthCounty(28) Ellsworth County (28)  McPhersonCounty(62) McPherson County (62)  RenoCounty(34) Reno County (34)  StaffordCounty(7) Stafford County (7)
Lyons is the county seat for Rice County
Adjacent to Rice County, Kansas
      Barton County (61)  
      Ellsworth County (28)  
      McPherson County (62)  
      Reno County (34)  
      Stafford County (7)  
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1 Kansas, Rice County, Alden — Veterans Memorial
Lest We Forget those who served from the Alden Community ————————— In memory of their Supreme Sacrifice In memory of Charles W. Murphy Corporal U. S. Army Air Corps 380 . . . Map (db m95265) WM
2 Kansas, Rice County, Geneseo — Geneseo Fire Bell
Purchased July 1905 Erected November 1905 J.S. Gibson, Mayor Councilmen J.E. Johnson • L.E. Fuller Geo. Candan • Chas Holmes J.W. JohnsonMap (db m95418) HM
3 Kansas, Rice County, Geneseo — Geneseo United Methodist Church Bell
Erected by the Congregation in memory of Charles Warren Schmidt 12-27-50 - 5-16-70 with donations from friends and relatives "My God and I will go unendingly" The bell in use at the Presbyterian Church until its merger . . . Map (db m95419) HM
4 Kansas, Rice County, Geneseo — War Memorial
Dedicated to the memory and honor of the men and women of the Geneseo community who served our country in all wars and conflictsMap (db m95417) WM
5 Kansas, Rice County, Lyons — Civil War and Veterans Memorial"Lest We Forget" — All Gave Some - Some Gave All —
In memory of the Defenders of our Union 1861 - 1865 Dedicated to the honor and sacrifice of our men and women who served our country in war and peaceMap (db m53322) HM
6 Kansas, Rice County, Lyons — 68 — Coronado and Quivira
Eighty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Spanish explorers visited Kansas. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, seeking gold in New Mexico, was told of Quivira by an Indian called the Turk. Here were "trees hung with golden bells and . . . Map (db m53314) HM
7 Kansas, Rice County, Lyons — Cow Creek Station
One mile south is the hand-dug well that served the U.S. Cavalry and Santa Fe Trail travelers in the 1860s. For five days in July, 1864, 600 Indians besieged a trading post near the well and a wagon train nearby. When the attackers tried to . . . Map (db m53319) HM
8 Kansas, Rice County, Lyons — Fray Juan de Padilla
This Cross is erected to the memory of Father Padilla, Franciscan Missionary, who stood with Coronado at the erection of the first Christian Cross on these prairies. Father Padilla devoted his life to the service of the Cross and to the Indians of . . . Map (db m53320) HM
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9 Kansas, Rice County, Lyons — Rice County Historical Mural
First known farmers in this area were the Wichita Indians • • • Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and Father Padilla came in 1541 • • • In 1821 William Becknell started traveling what is now known as the Santa Fe Trail • • • Settlers and a few mules . . . Map (db m156401) HM
10 Kansas, Rice County, Lyons — Santa Fe Trail1822 - 1872
[Content in title] [Part of the markers denoting the route of the trail]Map (db m53321) HM
11 Kansas, Rice County, Lyons — Workman Park
This land was deeded to the City of Lyons by J. W. and Mahala Workman on August 7, 1882 This tablet dedicated to their memory by a grateful citizenry 1945Map (db m95264) HM
12 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — 250 — Cooper HallBuilt in 1887 — American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior ———————— American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site No. . . . Map (db m121804) HM
13 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — Meade Post No 14 G.A.R. Memorial
This gun is to mark those two trees planted by the W.R.C. 237 in memory of Mead Post No 14 G.A.R. Dept. of KansasMap (db m95289) WM
14 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — The African Methodist Episcopal Church
Originally built c. 1884 as the United Brethren Church, this clapboard building was purchased for the A.M.E. congregation in 1917. The Sterling College class of 1936 bought the bell that was housed in the elaborate three-tier cupola above the . . . Map (db m95283) HM
15 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — The Bulletin
E. Branson Cowgill established the city's first newspaper, the Rice County Gazette, at this location in 1876. J. E. Junkin combined the Gazette and Bulletin in 1891. The Gazette name was dropped and the classic tin front added in 1899. The Sterling . . . Map (db m95287) HM
16 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — The Emporium
Dr. P. [Powhatan] P. Trueheart built this building known as the "Doctors Block" in 1882. His son, Dr. Marion Trueheart, was a pioneer in the use of x-ray and the introduction of radium for cancer treatment at this location. The upstairs was . . . Map (db m95285) HM
17 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — The Landis Hollinger Mercantile
A. G. Landis and G. W. Hollinger, the town's first merchants, built a store on this site in May of 1872. The original building was located at what is now known as Dysart Park. The Landis Hollinger Mercantile expanded fifty feet to the north where . . . Map (db m95268) HM
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18 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — The Mincer Building
In 1895 this corner lot was purchased to house the dry goods business of A.L. Mincer. By 1913 the Mincer Building had grown into a modern day two-story department store covering two city lots. In 1993 Gene and Miki Zaid purchased the building to . . . Map (db m95271) HM
19 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — The Monroe Apartments
T.H. Brown, owner of the Citizens State Bank, built this office building with the unusual arched doorways in 1900. It had upstairs apartments and also housed such businesses as Hockaday Broom Corn Company, Western Union, and other professional . . . Map (db m95284) HM
20 Kansas, Rice County, Sterling — The Santa Fe Depot
Built in 1903, by R.B. Allington, a local builder, the passenger station featured separate male and female waiting rooms. The railroad saw much activity during WWI and WWII and was an important source of transportation for Sterling College students . . . Map (db m95282) HM
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Oct. 3, 2023