A Brief History of Wamego, Kansas
Wamego literally sits at geological and historical crossroads. Nestled on the north bank of the Kansas River, the hills north of town hold remnants of the last ice age, while across the river to the south sits the majestic Flint Hills. Oregon Trail Road, just northeast of town, follows the Oregon-California trail, and visitors can find deep ruts from the tens of thousands of wagons that made their way west seeking freedom and a new life. Again to the south, visible from town, is the historic Mt. Mitchell, the highest point in the area and a monument to the settlers from Connecticut who came to Kansas to create a Free State during the days the territory was known as Bleeding Kansas. Below the monument stands the Mitchell farmstead, the last stop on the Underground Railroad.
Wamego City Park is considered one of the most beautiful city parks in Kansas. It showcases the Schonhoff Windmill, built by a Dutch immigrant who used the mill to grind grain into flour. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also contains a mini-prairie town with restored buildings.
Wamego is the birthplace of Walter P. Chrysler, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation. His birthplace home is being renovated and will serve as a visitors welcome center.
The city, founded in 1866, has witnessed many successful entrepreneurs in its 140-plus years. They have left an indelible mark on the town, from the beautiful buildings near the central business district, to the mansions and stately homes throughout the community. Perhaps the most notable landmark is the historic Columbian Theatre, built in 1894 and housing invaluable art works from the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. It functions today as a live performing arts venue and art gallery. And no visit is complete without a stop at the Oz Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Oz artifacts open to the public.
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Wamego Police Department Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to work in partnership with the community to provide prompt, professional police service that place an emphasis on enhancing the quality of life, while maintaining respect for individual rights, human dignity, building confidence and respect between the Citizens of Wamego and their police department.”
Chief of Police: Michael D. Baker Sr.
Contact the Wamego Law Enforcement Center: 785-456-9553
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