Saturday, June 15, 2024

Strong City AT&SF Depot

A brick depot built in 1913.  The city received a Transportation Enhancement Grant for restoration of this depot.  Restoration/Construction began in May 2014.  This project was completed in June 2015. This beautiful and historic building now serves as Town Hall, containing an AT&SF museum as well as space available for rent for community events.


Z-Bar Ranch
The 1881 Z-Bar Ranch (also know as the Spring Hill Ranch) is located just 2 miles north of Strong City, Known as the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.  The ranch, with a wonderful stone house and famous outhouse and barn, has 11,000 never-ploughed acres of prairie that form the heart of the prairie park.  The National Park Trust operates the property.  

Chase County Courthouse
In Cottonwood Falls, about a mile from Strong City, this stately building of native limestone and walnut is the oldest working courthouse in Kansas.  It replaced the first log cabin courthouse in 1873.  Tours are available.

Roniger Museum  
Located in Cottonwood Falls, this native limestone building was built to house the Roniger collection of Indian artifacts and other Chase County historical articles.  The Roniger Brothers' collection or arrowheads is considered one of the largest individual collections in Kansas.

Knute Rockne Memorial
Located 11 miles south of Strong City is the exact site of the fatal airplane crash that took the life of Notre Dame football coach, Knute Rockne, in March 1931.​

Strong City Opera House/Auditorium

The Historic Theatre built in the 1900's, located along Main St. in Strong City is quite the site to see! The Strong City Preservation Alliance has been hard at work raising funds and gathering volunteers to rehabilitate this beauty. They have made wise use of this building while in the rehab process by offering enthusastic movie goers the oppertunity to view movies and participate in a variety of other functions while working through the construction process. Keep your eye on this building to witness it's revival.