Category: Minneapolis


Markley Grove Park

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In November of 1910 the park was given to the City of Minneapolis by Israel and Mary Markley. To receive the gift the City of Minneapolis had to agree to name the park Markley Grove Park, keep the land as a public park and to not remove any trees.

The Park sits across the road from the town’s ball fields and fairgrounds and has the Solomon River running beside it. rn rnThe park is home to a newly renovated pool and pool house and various play equipment such as slides and swings. Recently a paved walking/biking trail and a gazebo were installed.

During the months of April through September public restrooms are available. rn rnThere are also three shelters equipped with bbq grills and benches and one building, named the Scout Hall due to the Boy Scouts that helped build it, all of which are available for rent. There is no charge for use of the shelters and may be used by anyone, so long as they are not marked are reserved.

RV camper spots, including 4 that have electric hook ups, are available for rent at $10/night.

For details about renting these and to make reservations please contact City Hall, 392-2176.


George Washington Carver Memorial Plaque

George Washington Carver made Minneapolis, Kansas his hometown from 1880-1884, when he graduated from Minneapolis High School. This famous scientist who lived here and invented over 300 uses for the peanut, sweet potato, soy beans, and pecans, is best remembered for the one thing he did not invent: peanut butter! (Actually created hundreds of years ago by Native South Americans)

Born the son of slaves on or around July 12, 1864, in Diamond Grove, Missouri, George Washington Carver valued education, set new standards in agriculture, and had a sense of humor: \”When I was young, I said to God, God, tell me the mystery of the universe. But God answered, that knowledge is for me alone. So I said, God, tell me the mystery of the peanut. Then God said, well, George, that\’s more nearly your size.\”

When only a week old, George, a sibling, and his mother were kidnapped by Confederate raiders. Only George was found and returned to the Moses Carver family. His rescuer was paid with a $300 racehorse.

From an early age, George liked to walk early in the morning, studying the plants. He once said, \”Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.\”

Around the age of 13 George moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, attending school while supporting himself doing laundry at a local hotel. He moved several more times as a teenager. While living in Olathe, Carver became acquainted with ex-slaves Ben and Lucy Seymour. He eventually moved to Minneapolis, Kansas, with the Seymours in the summer of 1880 and finished high school.

1890 Enrolled at Simpson College to study piano and art, their first Black studentrn1891 Transferred to State Agricultural College (now Iowa State University), Ames, IArn1893 Paintings get honorable mention at Chicago World’s Fairrn1894 Bachelor of Agriculture Degree earned at Amesrn1894 Appointed member of faculty, Iowa State Collegern1896 Master of Agriculture Degree, Iowa State Collegern1896 he became director of the Dept. of Agricultural Research at what is now Tuskegee Universityrn1916 Named Fellow, London Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Artsrn1923 Recipient, Spingarn Medal for Distinguished Service to Sciencern1928 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Simpson Collegern1935 he was appointed collaborator in the Division of Plant Mycology, U.S. Department of Agriculturern1939 Recipient, Roosevelt Medal for Contributions to Southern Agriculturern1939 Honorary Membership, American Inventors Societyrn1941 Honorary Degree, University of Rochesterrn1941 Recipient, Award of Merit by Variety Clubs of Americarn1942 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Selma University, Alabamarn1943 George Washington Carver died at Tuskegee, Alabama on January 5

Ottawa County Historical Museum

The Ottawa County Historical Museum features many outstanding displays. One of the world’s premier George Washington Carver exhibits resides within the museum. Also included is an excellent military exhibit – one of the best anywhere.

There is an interesting dinosaur exhibit relating to Silvisaurus condrayi, the most famous Kansas dinosaur, found in Ottawa County. There are rocks and many fossils other than Silvisaurus, including a dinosaur egg from China.

Many dishes, Eisenhauer dolls, Jagger Wheat, and Bohnenblust plates from throughout the world are exhibited. A 1917 Fordson tractor, which was featured in the December 1984 National Geographic Magazine, restored by Bob Robins is displayed in the museum.

Pioneers and Native Americans are featured along with a school room. There is information about Indian captives of the area, as well as a fire wagon and old jail from Bennington. A letter written by Grace Bedell to Presidential candidate Abe Lincoln suggesting that he grow a beard is highlighted.

Communities of Ottawa County are represented with many photographs displayed. A new display of excellence is a computerized slide show of over 2,000 historical photos. There are many other artifacts and exhibits for visitors to observe.

Rock City

The rocks at Rock City are huge sandstone concretions in an area about the size of two football fields, 200 rocks–some as large as houses — dot the landscape. There is no other place in the world where there are so many concretions of such giant size.



Rock City is not a highly developed tourist attraction. Basic improvements, such as a rod and the information center, have been made by Rock City, Inc., the protector and guardian of this geological treasure. Except for these modern conveniences to enhance your visit, Rock City is basically as it has been for thousands of years. The surface of the rocks is fragile and particularly susceptible to human wear. view the rocks with appreciation and wonder.

SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATION – Although concretions occur wherever there is sedimentary rock, the rocks of rock city are remarkable because of their great size and large number. What is the origin of the rock City rocks? Geologists are in general agreement that they were formed millions of years ago in Dakota Sandstone, which had been deposited when areas of Kansas were covered by an inland sea.

Although the greatest attraction of rock city centers around the giant concretions, the vegetation and animals of the park and immediate vicinity are also of great interest.

Most of the plants here are native to the area, although there is some evidence of seeds introduced by the many automobiles driven in by visitors from various sections of the country. Gramma and buffalo grasses from the predominating vegetation. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the flora is the presence of at least two species of mosses, two of liverworts and two of ferns, plants which are normally associated with more humid regions. At least 74 flowering plants grow among the concretions.!

Birds are numerous in the Park. Do take time to hear their songs and try to spot them in the trees.

Quiet observation will off a glimpse of a ground squirrel, lizard or cottontail rabbit.