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.
United Methodist Church, 103 E. Kepner
Golden Keys Senior Center, 201 Main Street
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.
United Methodist Church, W. 1st Street
Community Center/Library, 202 Main Street
Bison Community Museum, 202 Main Street
Lone Star School, Avenue M
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.
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
LaCrosse High School, 400 Washington
LaCrosse Elementary School, 511 Elm
USD 395, 616 Main
Rush County Medical Clinic, 817 Locust
Museums and Attractions
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
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.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 101 E. 2nd
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 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.
Golden Agers, 502 W. Locust
Museums and Attractions
Community Center, 402 1st Street
Public Library, 303 Main
McCracken Jail Museum, S. Main Street
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 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.
Otis-Bison Senior High School
Otis-Bison Middle School
Otis-Bison Elementary School
Community Library, 122 S. Main Street
Otis Senior Center, 122 S. Main Street
Otis Medical Clinic
Otis Fire Department and Ambulance
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
Hope Lutheran Church, 308 S. Walnut
Walnut Valley Senior Citizen Center, 220 Washington
Community Library, 220 Washington
Walnut City Masonic Lodge #215 AF&AM, S. Elm
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 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.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Rt. 2
Timken Senior Center, Main Street