Mankato, Kansas

A "Friendly Community" striving towards the future with memories of the past.

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 Mankato is the county seat of Jewell County

Founded: 1872
Elevation: 1776 feet
Latitude: 39° 47' 14"N
Longitude: 98° 12' 35"W
Population: 976 (2000)
  1037 (1990)
  1398 (1928)
School District:  107
ZIP Code: 66956
Area Code:

785

County Code: JW

Some Facts about Mankato!

  • *Mentioned in the 1883 Cutler's History of Kansas.
  • *Historical images of Mankato from the Special Collections at WSU's Ablah Library are available online.
  • *There is a brief history of Mankato in Kansas, A Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank W. Blackmar (1912).
  • *Mankato was on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific.
  • *Mankato is mentioned in the book The Empire That Missouri Pacific Serves on Blue Skyways.
  • *Mankato appears on a county map in the History of Kansas by Noble L. Prentis published in 1899.
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    Threshing Bee Parade

    *Local Events*

    Fireman's Ball:  June

    Threshing Bee:  3rd weekend in July

    Jewell Co. Fair: 4th weekend in July

    Highway 36 Treasure Hunt: 3rd weekend in Sept

    Fall Fest / Farmers Market: 3rd weekend in Oct.

    Down Town Mankato

    Mankato,  has an unusually attractive downtown just north of Highway 36.  Several turn-of-the-century buildings line Commercial Street. The former Bank Building is on the National Registry of Historical Places. It is now renovated into comfortable apartments.

    The Ute Theatre has been refurbished and is showing movies again.

    The old stone jail is on the National Register of Historic Places and is being restored.  It's a perfect expression of the optimism that led earlier Kansans to build such fancy and permanent public works.
    The old jail is now one of several buildings that comprise the Jewell County Historical Society Museum.

    The Community Center and Library building were built in 2007. The Library is easily accessible and furnished with restored furniture from the old Library. The Community Center is the site for the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels for the county. The Community Center and meeting room can be used for community events.

    We are proud of our town and the area. Although we are a small rural town, we offer many excellent services!