Communities
Alexander
Bison
LaCrosse
Liebenthal
Loretto
McCracken
Nekoma
Otis
Rush Center
Shaffer
Timken

Alexander

Golden Keys Senior Center

Originally established on the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail as a trading post known as “Harvey's Ranche,” Alexander is the oldest town in Rush County, founded in 1869. The town is named after its founder, Alexander Harvey. A state historical marker, located in the park along Highway K-96, tells about the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail.


Churches

United Methodist Church, 103 E. Kepner
Community Organizations
Golden Keys Senior Center, 201 Main Street

 

 

Bison


Bison is named in honor of the buffalo (bison), once numerous across the prairies. The community is known for its quaint tree-lined Main Street and large city park.



Churches

United Methodist Church, W. 1st Street
Community Organizations
    Community Center/Library, 202 Main Street

Museums

    Bison Community Museum, 202 Main Street
    Lone Star School, Avenue M

 

 

LaCrosse



La Crosse is named after the town of La Crosse, Wisconsin. LaCrosse is known as the "Barbed Wire Capital of the World"TM. LaCrosse is the county seat and home to major industries including LaCrosse Furniture Co. and Flame Engineering. For more information, visit the City of LaCrosse website.


Churches

    First Christian Church, 619 Oak
    First Lutheran Church, 304 Columbia
    Harvest Church, 9th and Locust
    New Covenant Fellowship, 8th and Columbia
    Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8th and Columbia
    St. Michael Catholic Church, 918 Lincoln
    United Methodist Church, 3rd and Washington
Schools
    LaCrosse High School, 400 Washington
    LaCrosse Elementary School, 511 Elm
    USD 395, 616 Main
Community Organizations Medical Services
    Rush County Medical Clinic, 817 Locust
    Central Rush County EMS, 119 West 9th
    Rush County Health Department, 611 Peace
    Rush County Memorial Hospital, 801 Locust
    Rush County Nursing Home, 701 West 6th
    Rush County Wellness Center, 611 Peace
Museums and Attractions

 

Liebenthal


Liebenthal was founded by the immigrants of the Saratov/Volga region of the Ukraine in Russia. It was named after the town of Liebenthal, Russia.

Although having been twice gutted by fire, St. Joseph's Church stands as a monument to the devotion and perseverence of the Volga-German pioneers. The church grounds include a three-story native limestone school and rectory.


Churches

    St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 101 E. 2nd

 

 

Loretto


Loretto was named after a city near the Adriatic Sea in Italy which is home to the Santa Casa di Loreto, a shrine believed to be the home of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today, little remains of the community. The historic St. Mary's Help of Christian's Church is now a shrine.


 
 
 

McCracken


McCracken was named after J.K. McCracken, the contractor in charge of building the Missouri Pacific Railroad and relative to railroad tycoon Jay Gould.

McCracken annually hosts one of the states largest rodeos. The McCracken Rodeo has won distinction as KPRA Rodeo of the Year many years running. Learn more about McCracken at McCracken Alumni.


Churches

Community Organizations
    Golden Agers, 502 W. Locust
    Community Center, 402 1st Street
    Public Library, 303 Main
Museums and Attractions
    McCracken Jail Museum, S. Main Street

 

 

Nekoma

Remains of the Nekoma Township Hall

Nekoma is said to be an Indian word meaning “mother”. With the recent closing of the post office, Nekoma has become a ghost town with only a few of the original buildings remaining.



 
 

Otis


Otis was founded by railroad promoter Erastus C. Modderwell along the Missouri Pacific railroad. He named the town after his son, Otis Modderwell.

Otis has one of the two largest facilities in the United States for extracting helium from natural gas.

A wind turbine company, recently located in Otis, has placed Otis in the forefront of alternative energy production in western Kansas.

Otis also annually hosts “Old Iron Days” on the last weekend of April.


Churches

Schools
    Otis-Bison Senior High School
    Otis-Bison Middle School
    Otis-Bison Elementary School
    USD 403
Community Organizations
    Community Library, 122 S. Main Street
    Otis Senior Center, 122 S. Main Street
Medical Services
    Otis Medical Clinic
    Otis Fire Department and Ambulance

 

 

Rush Center


First known as Walnut City, Rush Center was originally situated in the center of Rush County until the southern tier of townships was transferred to Pawnee County prior to 1874.

Rush Center annually hosts one of the largest Saint Patricks Day Parade in the area. Rush Center is also home to two of the county's largest industries; KBK Industries and Golden Belt Telephone. Learn more about Rush Center at www.skyways.org/towns/rushcenter


Churches

    Hope Lutheran Church, 308 S. Walnut
Community Organizations
    Walnut Valley Senior Citizen Center, 220 Washington
    Community Library, 220 Washington
    Walnut City Masonic Lodge #215 AF&AM, S. Elm

 

 

Shaffer


Shaffer was named after its first postmaster, Franklin P. Shaffer.

Today, little more exists of the town than a few homes and buildings situated along the county road a short distance from Highway 96.


 
 
 

 

Timken


Timken is named after Henry Timken, the man who developed the Timken Roller Bearing. Henry Timken owned a considerable amount of land in the area at the time the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe railroad was being built through the county.



Churches

    Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Rt. 2
Community Organizations
    Timken Senior Center, Main Street


 

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