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Eric McCabe | 2010 PDGA World Champion Emporia, KS

Emporia is home to some of the most beautiful and well renowned courses in the Midwest. It is a must stop attraction for disc golfers traveling through Kansas. Emporia has played host to the sports largest and most prestegious tournaments to date. Don’t miss out on what the disc golf mecca has to offer.

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Departments 6 14 40 42 44 46

CONTENTS 8 Main Street

There is plenty to do in Emporia’s heart and soul.

10 Ride this Way Emporia is the epicenter of the gravel cycling world.

12 Disc Golf, Perfected Emporia might not have invented disc golf, but it was perfected here.

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Emporia has fun and excitement for the whole family.

20 Arts and culture See live music, theatre, or visit one of our galleries.

22 Celebrating Culture Emporia is a melting pot of cultures and we love celebrating them.

24 On the Town When the sun goes down, the streets fill up with latenight diversions.

26 Home on the Range Emporia has been steeped in ranching culture for over 150 years.

28 Our Story Emporia's history is still relevant today.

30 Honoring Heroes For over 65 years, Emporia has paid special homage to all veterans.

Welcome Events Dining Meetings Maps Lodging

36 Flint Hills Visit the majestic Flint Hills, one of the most beautiful places in the state.

38 the Inside Dish Visit all the tastes that Emporia has to offer.

32 Honoring Educators Emporia has a rich history of educating teachers and honoring them.

34 Hornet Nation We are home to Emporia State University. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

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WELCOME Welcome to Emporia, Kansas!

We are a bike-riding, disc-throwing, flag-waving, University-loving, community. Located smack in the middle of all the major metros in Kansas, we hold our own with plenty of action, shopping, culture, entertainment, and unique dining. Whether riding the iconic Flint Hills, sampling a delicious culinary tour, strolling downtown, or just hanging, you’ll be planning your next trip back. These pages are full of inspiration for your visit. Join one of our can’t-miss events, or live like a local.

Bring yourself, a friend, the whole family, or your social entourage for some organized activities or for some easy going getaway fun. Check in with the Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau for assistance with lodging, dining, shopping, maps and guides. Check us out at 719 Commercial or






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The Official Visitors Guide Of 719 Commercial Street Emporia, KS 66801

Contributing Photographers Eric Benjamin Jason Ebberts


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DISCLAIMER: The Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, a Not for Profit 501 Š (6) association, and the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau, a tax supported government entity, provides this information as a service for Emporia. We have made every effort to make sure that the information is accurate and current. However, we cannot and do not warrant that the information furnished to us is correct nor completely without errors. No part of the publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including a photocopy, recording, or any information retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau. COPYRIGHTŠ 2017 Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau.



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Local Favs

What’s the best way to know a town? Talk to a local. Victoria Partridge shares her favorite spots in downtown Emporia.


There are so many great places to visit in downtown Emporia. I hit up the two major coffee spots, Gravel City Roasters and the Granada Coffee Shop, at least once a week. Both have excellent customer service, delicious coffee, and a nice atmosphere.


For a unique shopping experience, I like to go to Twin Rivers Winery. Every year I stop by and stock up on Christmas gifts for my friends and family. As for food, some of the best options are located downtown. Radius Brewing Co. produces some of the best beer that I have ever had, and their menu is not only full of delicious, high quality food, but the price is amazing. Casa Ramos is the place to go for a fun, Mexican dinner.


On Friday nights, its a good idea to go to Mulready's Pub for a pint and some grub from the Surly Mermaid Food Truck. On the weekends, hit up the Farmer's Market for some fresh eggs, produce, baked goods, and conversation. 1

Named Best Main Street in the USA by USA Today, Emporia’s historic Commercial Street is home to some of the region’s most exciting events, best dining and unique shopping. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

Downtown Discover the best downtown in


America. Emporia’s walkable city center is a hub of dining, indie shops and boutiques, galleries and culture, and provides a backdrop to a happening nightlife. 2


Craft beers

Artisanal Wines

Live music

Emporia’s first brewery since prohibition, Radius Brewing Co. serves up brick oven pizzas and a fantastic rotating chef ’s menu. Recently voted the best brewery in Kansas, you can see the award-winning craft beer being brewed in the middle of the dining room.

Nestled in the heart of downtown, stop by Twin Rivers Winery and Gourmet Shoppe for a taste of handcrafted wines produced on-site or buy gourmet goods like fine cheeses and olive oils.

The streets are alive with the sounds of music. Hear local artists at Live in the Lot, an outdoor music series every Wednesday evening in June. Rock out to groups like the Charlie Daniels Band, Kansas, or the Reverend Horton Heat at the historic Granada Theatre, or dance the night away at a venue like the Brickyard 20 Alehouse or the Bourbon Cowboy.

610 Merchant St.

Farm to Table Sweet delicacies 803 Commercial St. •

Don’t miss the handmade chocolates, fudges and confections at the Sweet Granada. Near the historic Granada Theatre, this specialty chocolate shop uses premium ingredients to make gourmet candies and desserts daily.

Open year-round, the Emporia Farmers Market offers the best in locallygrown produce and goods. From sun-ripened tomatoes to oven fresh cinnamon rolls, shopping local is the best way to eat local.

What is old is new again

627 Commercial St.

Street Parties There is always something happening on Commercial Street. Ring a cowbell with thousands of race fans at the Dirty Kanza Finish Line Party. Join the Ring of Fire at the block party for the Glass Blown Open, the world’s largest disc golf tournament. Or spend the day shopping at the Great American Market, a nine block long sidewalk sale.

[1] Commercial Street at the Welcome Back Block Party [2] The Sweet Granada [3] Radius Brewing Co. [4] Twin Rivers Winery [5] Live in the Lot [6] Studio II Boutique. Photography: [1] Emporia State University, [2-6] IM Design Group.


Great finds


Stop by Studio 11 Boutique and browse through re-purposed art, furniture and clothing in the funkiest store in the region. Find new treasures made from “old junk” at Rhinestones and Rust. Or spend the day shopping at our many boutique shops and gift stores. Emporia is a destination for those unique items you can’t find anywhere else.

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Emporia is the epicenter of the gravel grinding world. Every year, thousands of cyclists endure the blistering sun, steep hills and rough trails just to have the bragging rights of saying they finished the Dirty Kanza. This 200-mile endurance race though the Flint Hills is one of the premiere cycling races in the world.

Dirty Kanza The Race June 3, 2017

The first weekend after Memorial Day, 1,900 cyclists from across the world descend on Emporia for the Dirty Kanza. This grueling 200-mile bike race through the beautiful and rugged Flint Hills was named one of the top endurance races in the world by Velo Magazine. Only the toughest will finish. Riders can also opt for the DK 100 Half Pint or the DK 50 race. Experience the excitement at the starting line, cheer riders on at the check-points and join the celebration at the finish line street party in front of the historic Granada Theatre that goes late into the night.




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Cycling City With hundreds of miles of rugged trails and gravel roads, Emporia is a mecca for the sport of gravel grinding. The endless unpaved stretches of the Flint Hills are perfect for people who want to test their limits or those who want a scenic leisure ride to see one of the world’s best sunsets. Regardless of your skill level, your perfect ride starts in Emporia.

Gear Up No trip to a cyclingoriented city is complete without a stop at the local bike shop. Emporia is home to three! Eclectic Bikes is a specialty bicycle shop where you can rent or buy vintage road bikes. Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co. is your adventure headquarters. From beginners to pros, they will help you find the right bike and gear to tackle the Flint Hills. High Gear Cyclery offers big city selection and small town service. With a passion for cycling, they will help you find the bike of your dreams.



Iconic routes

Bike Stations

Off Roading

Unexpected flat or need a quick repair? Bike repair stations are located around town, including at the All Veterans Memorial, Emporia State University and the parking lot at 8th Ave & Merchant St.

Emporia has more than gravel. For mountain bike lovers, Camp Alexander features 4.3 miles of singletrack trails with a wide variety of terrains. Ride the recently opened Cottonwood River Trail, with the trail head at the All Veterans Memorial, or the Campus Trails at ESU.

More Races


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tour de Lyon County

June 24, 2017

A number of rides and runs take place during this event to support veterans, including the Spur Ride, a unique event that will challenge any athlete.

This 105-mile gravel ride/ relay snakes though every town in Lyon County and proceeds go to charity. Or opt for the 20-mile fun ride.

[1] Commercial Street at the Dirty Kanza Finish Line Party [2-5] The Dirty Kanza takes riders through extreme conditions [6-8] Iconic gravel grinding routes. Photography: [1, 5] Jason Ebberts, [3, 4, 8] Dustin Michelson, [6] Linda Guerrette [7] Eric Benjamin.

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Murder ordained

Kahola Krusher

BEGINNER | 13.8 miles

INTERMEDIATE |53.4 miles

Despite its ominous name, ‘Murder Ordained’ is a very tame, beginnerfriendly route. It is nearly pancake flat with only 249 ft. of climbing over the 13.8 miles.

County Seat Run BEGINNER | 26.9 miles

This route takes riders to the town of Americus. Because the route from Emporia to Americus and back stays close to the Neosho river, riders won’t encounter a lot of climbing, making this a great exploratory ride for gravel enthusiasts of all abilities.

Vitamin G INTERMEDIATE | 32.1 miles

Get a dose of ‘Vitamin Gravel’ on this route that introduces riders to the Flint Hills. This route does encounter Minimum Maintenance Roads (MMR), which are typically dirt. This route may not be suitable if conditions are wet, as these roads can turn to mud.

Many Dirty Kanza veterans know Kahola Lake quite well, as it is featured in the final leg of most editions of the famed gravel race. This scenic route will give riders the same taste of those hills without the epic distance.

The Grind ADVANCED |139.5 miles

This route is not to be taken lightly by even the most accomplished gravel riders. Riders have 100 miles of the best that the Flint Hills have to offer before finding a town to refuel in. Riders will be completely on their own with little to no civilization in sight, for the first 100 miles before arriving in Madison. Not for the faint of heart!

Lunar Kanza This 50-mile gravel leisure ride takes place under the full moon and finishes with a late night block party.


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DISC GOLF, PERFECTED Emporia might not have invented disc golf, but we’ve perfected it. With 5 of the best professional 18-hole disc golf courses in the country, people come from all over the region to play and practice. Whether you are an expert wanting to practice for one of Emporia’s firstrate tournaments, or a beginner wanting to spend an afternoon surrounded by our beautiful parks, Emporia is the place to tee off and have fun.

Tournaments Glass Blown Open April 27-29, 2017 •

One of the PDGA National Tour Elite Series tournaments, the Glass Blown Open is the world’s largest disc golf tournament! The event was started by Emporians Eric McCabe and Gabe Werly in 2003. Over 1,200 disc golfers from around the world compete on local courses, and winners receive glass blown trophies. The tournament concludes with a downtown block party.

Monkey Island Open March 25-26, 2017

This event is a B-Tier PDGA sanctioned singles tournament.

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Where is the best disc golfing in town? Local disc golfer Spencer Stone shares his favorite course.


Dynamic Discs Disc golf is a sport growing in popularity all over the United States and around the world. Dynamic Discs is the premier disc golf retailer for enthusiasts, beginners, experts, and hardcore players. Whether you prefer to call it disc golf, Frisbee golf, or frolf, they have the discs and other equipment you need to play. Stop by for all the apparel and accessories you need to enhance your disc golf experience.

Emporia locals are spoiled with the number of quality courses we have in town. That being said, I would have to say that my favorite course to play in Emporia would be Peter Pan Park. Both the Jones Park courses are fantastic, but Peter Pan forces me to be more creative in how I throw each hole.

912 Commercial St. •


Nearby Swope Park, Cottonwood Falls Hwy 177 and E. Pearl St.

Reading City Park, Reading Jones Park, Olpe W. Santa Fe St.

Eagle Disc Golf , Olpe 600 Rd K7

Flint Hills Technical College 3301 W. 18th Ave.

Emporia Middle School 3048 W. 24th Ave.

Jones Park West

Peter Pan Park

Gently rolling hills with mown grass. Water in play on 5 holes. Many trees add challenge. Free course.

The holes in this beautiful park are short and technical. When the creek is up, water is in play on up to 8 holes. Hole 11 is a peninsula shot. With woods and hills, this course is fun for beginners and professionals. Free course.

First hole is near Prairie St. entrance

Jones Park East Long fairways, 3 water shots and many trees. Tall grass and over the road is OB. Holes 2 and 14 over 600 ft. Free course.

Emporia Country Club Championship caliber course with long, open fairways and an island hole, very challenging. Call 620-342-0343 for tee time. 18th Ave. and Rural St.

First hole is S. Congress St. between Kansas Ave and Logan Ave.

First hole is at Lincoln St. entrance

[1] World champion disc golfer Eric McCabe throws a disc in Jones Park West [2] Dynamic Discs brings in visitors from across the country [3] Disc golf at Jones Park West. Photography: IM Design Group.

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Don’t get me wrong, the mildly wooded areas keep rounds from being easy. Routes you’re used to throwing can be altered by a stray tree branch that you didn’t see there yesterday. Even with a great drive, those trees can turn a birdie putt into a bogey in a matter of seconds. It’s just a good all-around course that disc golfers who only rely on long drives can struggle with evening out the playing field a bit. 13

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My routes can change on a round-to-round basis depending on weather factors. Kansas winds are ALWAYS a problem, and with Pan being more laden with trees you get some relief from that adversity when the gusts are simply unmanageable anywhere else.

EVENTS February, June & September, 2017

Sundays on the Porch at Red Rocks This popular series is inspired by the White family’s hospitality.

March 5, 2017

St David’s Day Concert One of the oldest continuous celebrations of the Patron Saint of Wales, this orchestral event has been celebrated since 1888.

March 11, 2017

St Patty’s Day Parade Celebrate the luck of the Irish. emporiastpatricksdaycommittee

March 25-26, 2017

Monkey Island Open B-Tier PDGA sanctioned singles disc golf tournament.

April 27-29, 2017

Glass Blown Open The largest disc golf tournament in the world. This PDGA National Tour tournament concludes with a downtown block party.

May 6, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Celebrate Hispanic culture with folkloric dancers, food and live music.

May 20, 2017

Flatland Cruisers Car Show Approximately 100 cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown Emporia, Rock & Roll music, door prizes.


There is always something happening in Emporia. From block parties and parades to extreme sporting events, Emporia has something for everyone.

June & July, 2017

Municipal Band Concerts

October 27 & 28, 2017

Downtown Haunted Tours

Enjoy an evening concert in the park with the Emporia City Band. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket.

Tour historic buildings downtown and learn about Emporia’s haunted past.

November 1-11, 2017

June 2017

All Veterans Tribute Celebration

Live in the Lot Hear local artists at this outdoor music series every Wednesday evening in June.

This celebration in the founding city of Veterans Day includes too many events to count.


June & July, 2017

Brown Bag Concerts Bring your lunch and enjoy a different performance each Wednesday at noon.

June 1-3, 2017

Flint Hills Rodeo This Kansas tradition is the oldest consecutive rodeo in the state.

June 3, 2017

Dirty Kanza Over 2,000 riders will attempt this grueling 200 mile race through the Flint Hills. Join the finish line celebrations at this epic downtown party.

June 10, 2017

Symphony in the Flint Hills This signature event offers a symphonic music experience set in the Flint Hills. Tickets will sell out fast.

June 23, 2017

National Teachers Hall of Fame Induction Welcome this year's inductees of exceptional teachers into the Hall of Fame.

July 22, 2017

Vintage Treasure Market, Vintage finds at Flinthills Mall

August 5, 2017

Lunar Kanza A 50-mile gravel leisure ride under the full moon.

September 8-9, 2017

Wildlife Appreciation & Conservation Days This event brings awareness to the need to preserve wildlife with games, contests, food and fun.

August 4-13, 2017

Lyon County Free Fair Carnival rides, livestock shows, Grandstand events.

September 9, 2017

Great American Market This 9-block long market event has fun for everyone. Buy collectibles, antiques, artwork, crafts and food.

August 18-20, 2017

Flint Hills Beef Fest

September 23, 2017

An annual celebration of the grass cattle industry for which the Flint Hills region is well known.

This 50k run is the midwest's premier off-road endurance running event.

Race the Chase

August 21, 2017

October 7, 2017

This downtown celebration welcomes students back to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.

Events to honor the Sage of Emporia.

Welcome Back Block Party

William Allen White Legacy Day

November 3-4, 2017

ESU Homecoming Celebration This annual tradition includes football, parade and musical.

November 5, 2017

Freedom Fest 15 or 35-mile gravel ride, 5K walk/run, and Spur Ride.

November 28, 2017

Christmas Parade Festivities include a lighting ceremony, musical performances and Santa.

December 1-2, 2017

Artists Open House at Plumb Place Set in a lovely historic home, this show features artists, painters, jewelers, ceramics, glass, photography and more.

October 14, 2017

Twinkies Festival This annual event celebrates the sweet comeback of America’s favorite snack cake.

[1] Twinkies Festival Photography: IM Design Group.

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620.342.9600 • Welcome to the sweetest place in Kansas! We’re the only gourmet chocolate shop in the Midwest with 200 handmade chocolates and the home of Pop-Choc. Stop in for perfect one-of-a-kind chocolate gifts to take home.




Sole Mates offers a wide selection of comfortable shoes, cool socks, and flip flops galore. Located just a few steps south of the Granada Theater.


620.342.4001 • Granada Coffee Company has been voted ‘Best Coffee’ in the Flint Hills for 12 straight years. We are located in the heart of the Granada District and nestled between the historic Granada Theatre and the Emporia Arts Center. Take time to witness the pulse of our downtown and all of its unique events through our picturesque windows.


620.343.6473 • Gallery exhibits, classes, plays, concerts, and theatre entertainment. Art gift shop on site. Rental space available for meetings and events.


620.208.6200 • In Emporia and the surrounding area, we are your specialty bicycle shop. If you want to build your own custom bike, buy from a large selection of classic bikes or purchase a new bike, we are located at 823 Commercial. We offer full service on all bikes and sell parts and accessories including Brooks. Looking for a rare or hard to find part, we may have it – give us a call or stop by our unique bike shop.



We are the only home décor store in the 800 block of Commercial Street — large selection of candles, jewelry and new line of Goat Milk Skincare.



620.341.3196 • Featuring a wide selection of outdoor gear & military items including goggles, knives, backpacks, canteens, binoculars, medical supplies, ammo cans, boots, clothing, collectibles, and more. Free P-38 with any purchase!

803-831 Commercial St. • Downtown Emporia

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What’s the best way to know a town? Talk to a local. Phillip Miller shares his favorite things to do in Emporia with his family. My favorite thing to do in Emporia with my family is to venture out to the Soden's Grove area and partake in any ongoing family-friendly activities.

The David Traylor Zoo is located within the Grove, and is always great. My children can run around in circles all day exploring the different variety of animals the zoo has to offer, or hang out in the play area and socialize with other children their age. The Soden's Grove area is also home to the Sertoma Miniature Train, which laps around the entire grove under the shade of the trees. My daughter can't get enough of the train rides, and the staff is always very friendly and energetic.



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Family Looking to spend time with the family? Emporia is ideal for family visits. With a safe, small town feel and fun attractions, there is lots for kids of all ages to do. From our parks to our zoo, from concerts to swimming, we have plenty of reasons to keep them off their phones and enjoying family time.


A natural escape Cooling off

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The David Traylor Zoo is one of the most beautifully landscaped zoos in Kansas and possibly the best FREE zoo in the country. Come get lost with the animals in the botanical beauty of the park. The lemurs in the newest exhibit, Mission Madagascar, will steal your heart. Take a break from the day while the kids play and explore the Preston Forest Adventure.

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Looking to cool off on a hot summer day? Come take a dip at the Jones Aquatic Center. With water slides, lazy river and zero-depth entry pool, this attraction is open daily Memorial Day to mid-August. The outdoor pool and slides can be rented out for birthdays, family reunions or group events.




Off the leash

Next door to the zoo, the Sertoma Miniature Train circles through Soden’s Grove Park. Hop aboard Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings or Thursday mornings from May through September.

Traveling with your pup? Visit the Buck Fund Dog Park and meet some new friends. Your pet will love to play off-leash at this fenced dog park packed with amenities such as a small dog area, doggie water fountain and picnic tables.

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7405 Dryer Rd.

Family Fun

The Southwest Santa Fe Skateboard Park is a free, unsupervised park open to skateboarders and in-line skaters. This hybrid park features rails, transitions and a quarterpipe.

Try your hand at mini-golf, go-carts and batting cages at the Emporia Family Fun Center. Open March through November. 1004 E. 12th Ave.

South Ave. & West St.


Hit the Rink

Flint Hills Lanes offers 24 lanes of bowling with easy automatic scoring for family, friends and league bowling.

Rollers Skating Rink provides a fun, safe and supervised environment for the whole family! Great for birthday parties or spending time with the kids. 701 Graham St. •

1519 W. 6th Ave. •

Rec Center

All Aboard

Skateboard park

Enjoy family fun with racquetball, an indoor pool, fitness room and more at the Lee Beran Recreation Center. Available for rentals. 313 W. 4th Ave. •

[1]The David Traylor Zoo [2] Jones Aquatic Center [3] Sertoma Miniature Train [4] Traveling pets need to stretch their legs. Photography: IM Design Group.




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Emporia Public Library

Brown Bag Concerts

Stop by the library and keep the kids entertained with near daily events that include story time and crafts.

Every Wednesday in June and July, see concerts, clowns and magic that is fun for kids of all ages 110 E. 6th Ave. •

110 E. 6th Ave. •

Parks Emporia has 18 neighborhood parks. See the map on page 44 for locations, or visit to reserve a park and get detailed information.

OUR FAVORITES For a peaceful walk, visit C of E Park and get a stunning view of the Tudor Gothic style architecture of the former College of Emporia.


Camp Alexander


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Camp Alexander provides 90 acres of stunning outdoor adventure filled with lush woods, ponds and rolling meadows. Whether you are looking for a serene walk in the woods or want to build upon your fitness program, Camp Alexander provides nearly five miles of challenging hiking and biking trails traversing thick woods and open meadows.

Jones Park has over 70 acres to explore and is well known for its disc golf courses. Jones Park has a playground, horseshoes and ponds. Hammond Park offers tennis and basketball courts.

Camp Wood 1101 Camp Wood Rd., Elmdale •

Give the TV a break, pack up the kids, and head to Camp Wood YMCA for the family experience of a lifetime. Their weekend family camps are designed to build strong families through shared adventures and time spent together outdoors. Whatever your camper's interests, from horseback riding to skateboarding and from paintball to rock climbing, there is a special camp 18 for them set in the beautiful Flint Hills.

Take the kids to Peter Pan Park, which has a top-notch disc golf course, playground, pond, horseshoes, civil war monument and memorial of William Allen White. Kids can view a Santa Fe train engine and caboose or take in a concert by the Emporia Municipal band at historic Fremont Park.


Don’t miss Soden’s Grove Park nestled along the Cottonwood River. The east side of the park includes a baseball field, David Traylor Zoo and the Sertoma miniature train. On the west side across Commercial Street, is the All Veterans Memorial, and the trail head for the Cottonwood River Nature Trail. The rainbow arch bridge is a favorite local fishing spot. [1] Brown Bag Concert at the Emporia Public Library [2] C of E Park [3] Peter Pan Park [4] Freemont Park [5] Cycling at Camp Alexander [6] Canoeing at Camp Wood YMCA. Photography: [1-5] IM Design Group, [6] The Emporia Gazette.

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Searching for something for that “spot?� Want something unusual with lasting value? Specializing in Authentic Antiques 317 Commercial St. Emporia, KS 620-412-2759 19 Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide



ARTS & Culture



With galleries, live music, public art and seasonal street installations, Emporia’s bohemian culture will win over any art enthusiast. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

Arts The culture of making is woven in to the fabric of Emporia. Visuals arts, music and theatre are all at home. Emporia State University is home to the only 4-year degree program for the engraving arts. It is also one of the few universities in the country to offer an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in glass blowing.


Emporia State University Theatre Going strong for over a hundred years, Emporia State University Theatre has one of the oldest and strongest theatre programs in the country. Shows are year-round. 1301 Market St. •



Granada Theatre 807 Commercial St. •

The glitz of the historic Granada Theatre makes every event glamorous. This 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival theatre has been completely restored and has an atmosphere like no other place. Catch a concert like the Boxmasters with Billy Bob Thornton or rent the facility for weddings or corporate events.


Public Art

View works from students, faculty and nationally known regional artists at the Eppink & Gilson art galleries on the Emporia State campus. These free galleries are open when classes are in session.

Beach Music Hall, originally constructed in 1926, was completely renovated in 1997-98. Performances include symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, community chorus and more. Listen to the Emporia Municipal Band in a Norman Rockwell setting as they play free summer concerts in Fremont Park.

Walk among the massive chiseled limestone pylons at the Prairie Passage Stone Sculpture Garden. Depicting Emporia’s history, the sculptures range in height from 10 to 15 feet and weigh 5 to 9 tons each.

First Fridays

The Emporia Arts Center is central to the Emporia art scene. View exhibits from local and regional artists in the Trusler Gallery or shop in the Don & Mary Glaser Art and Gift Shop. The Performing Arts Series has hosted distinguished artists, such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Shanghai Acrobats. The Russian National Ballet will perform Sleeping Beauty on April 27. 815 Commercial St. •

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Emporia’s monthly Art Walk is held on the first Friday of every month. Visit with local artists and musicians in downtown businesses and see the bohemian side of Emporia.

ESU Galleries

1301 Market St.

Art for everyone



[1] Reciprocal Structures by Eric Conrad & Yoonmi Nam [2] Billy Bob Thornton at the Granada Theater [3] ESU Theatre performs "Don't Dress for Dinner" [4] Emporia First Friday Art Walk [5] Glass blowing at Emporia State University. Photography: [1, 6] IM Design Group, [2] The Emporia Gazette. [3, 5] Emporia State University, [4] James Ehlers.





Emporia is a melting pot of people and cultures, and we love to celebrate them. From parades to street fairs, there is always something fun for everyone.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Extravaganza Celebrate Hispanic culture at this extravaganza in Kellogg Circle on the ESU Campus. Get treated to Hispanic foods, regional music and folkloric dancers.

Cultural events We celebrate our diversity in Emporia. Russian ballets, Celtic music, poetry slams and live painting are just a small sampling of the many events that happen throughout the city. Plan your visit around the events you want to attend by going to


CInco De Mayo

St. Patrick’s Day

Enjoy live music, dance, and street food during this annual block party in front of the Granada Theatre.

Celebrate the luck of the Irish at this annual Parade. Explore downtown for themed events and specials.

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[1] Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Extravaganza [2] Poetry reading at Gravel City Roasters. Photography: Emporia State University.

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Nightlife You’ll find great nightlife options throughout Emporia, but when it comes to the best excitement, downtown is the place to be. When the sun goes down, the streets fill up with late-night diversions, including scotch bars, lounges and live music. There are many restaurants, neighborhood pubs and clubs within walking distance. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite or a romantic dinner before heading out on the town, Emporia’s nightlife options will keep you entertained well into the night.



Bourbon Cowboy

Voted best bar in the Flint Hills, Mulready’s Pub is the place for craft beer and scotch aficionados. Mulready’s knowledgeable Cicerone certified bartenders serve up over 70 craft beers, and 125 whiskies, scotches and bourbons from around the world in an inviting atmosphere.

A favorite among cowboys, cowgirls, and two-steppers, this 6,000 square foot, two-level country dance bar features live music on Saturday nights, open jam sessions during the week, a free bluegrass concert series, and the friendliest bartenders and cocktail waitresses in the region.

717 Commercial St. •


402 Merchant St. •

Mulready’s Pub

Town Royal


Live music and dance Brickyard 20 Ale House is unlike any other bar or club in Emporia, Kansas. Along with 20 different types of beer on tap and more than 30 beers by the bottle, they also have a great selection of spirits and craft cocktails. Event space is never a problem, with plentiful off-street parking, and ample seating for more than 250. Brickyard 20 Ale House boasts 20,000 sq. ft. of space and an open-air courtyard, with three separate stages available for bands and other entertainment.

Founded in 1992, this Emporia institution is one of the town’s most beloved bars. Stop by on St. Paddy’s Day for this mainstays annual party. 405 Commercial St. • 620-343-1232

Trophy room Bar and Lounge Relax in this laid-back lounge and enjoy cocktails or craft beers. Enjoy the atmosphere in this second story bar that overlooks Commercial Street. 705 Commercial St. • 620-208-6099

605 Commercial St. •

Dugout The Dugout is an iconic Emporia landmark. Stop by to watch the game in this recently renovated sports bar.

[1] Foam party at Brickyard 20 Ale House [2] Mulready’s Pub [3] Trophy Room Bar and Lounge [4] The Dugout. Photography: [1, 4] Pitts Photograph, [2, 3] IM Design Group.

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Handcrafted. Artisanal. Local. At the heart of it, wine is life. The sun shines down giving life and energy to all things. Our vines store this energy in its fruit, along with the minerals and nutrients it has pulled from the soil. When you are drinking our local artisan wines, you are drinking liquid sunshine. You are tasting the terroir that is unique to each vineyard. It’s our job to craft enjoyment for you out of pure sunshine










627 Commercial St in historic downtown Emporia



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HOME ON THE RANGE Located on the edge of the Flint Hills, Emporia has been steeped in ranching culture for over 150 years. Emporia offers visitors a country-western experience as unique as the city itself. From shopping and dining to real ranch experiences, fill your visit with western adventure.


Cowboy up Open since 1975, Jim’s Cowboy Shop will take care of all your western needs with western wear, cowboy boots and leather repair. 312 Commercial St.

A Flint Hills Experience Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply is an Emporia tradition. You can spend hours browsing the aisles of this family-owned store that has everything you may need for your farm or home. Check out their wall of jeans with over 8,000 pairs, visit with area farmers and ranchers and enjoy complimentary coffee and tea daily and popcorn on Saturdays. 2611 W. US Hwy 50 •


Farm Life

western boutiques

Whether you need farm equipment or you’re looking for the perfect gift, check out the extensive inventory at PrairieLand Partners. Find infant and toddler toys from teething rings to power toys, bicycles, collectibles and more. Clothing, home décor collectibles, rain gauges, clocks, signage, coolers, mailboxes, wallets and checkbooks are only the start of a long list of everything John Deere.

Shop at one of the areas many boutiques specializing in western wear. Stop by Cowgirl Glamour Boutique, 332 Commercial St., fun, funky, and modern styles. Find your treasure at Prairie & Pearls Western Boutique, 628 Merchant St, featuring unique vintage and western fashions and accessories. The Salty Cow Mercantile, 322 Broadway St., Cottonwood Falls, features women’s boutique fashions, turquoise jewelry, and equine products.

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Serving Emporia and surrounding areas with excellent customer service, gear and training.



Ranch life

Smokin’ BBQ

Come experience the authentic cowboy lifestyle at the Flying W Ranch, complete with horseback riding, cattle drives, wagon rides, prairie burns, wildflower walks, star gazing, fishing and hiking in the Kansas Flint Hills. Or explore Pioneer Bluffs, a turn of the century ranch dedicated to sharing the history of the Flint Hills. Enjoy one of the many concerts or art festivals at this unique event space.

Flint Hills Beef Fest is an annual celebration of the grass cattle industry for which the Flint Hills region is well known. Sample authentic Kansas barbecue as teams compete to be the best. Follow up with an evening of Ranch rodeo. •

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Explore the area Tour through the Flint Hills and discover unique locations with Prairie Earth Tours. Take a day trip to historic restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Expert Cancer Care. Right here, right now. Full-Time Chemotherapy & Radiation Therapy

Tour the rural community on the Flint Hills Quilt Trail and see traditional stars and various quilt patterns displayed on barns, homes, sheds and buildings throughout the Flint Hills.

324 E. 6th Ave., Emporia 620-208-GUNS

[1] Bluestem Farm and Ranch [2] Beef Fest Rodeo [3] Pioneer Bluffs [4] Beef Fest. Photography: [1] IM Design Group, [2-5] The Emporia Gazette.

Radiation Oncology: Jorge Wong, MD Medical Oncology: Cinderella Chavez Radu, MD

1401 W 12th Ave | 620-342-1117

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History Known as the “Sage of Emporia,” legendary author William Allen White (1868-1944) created a newspaper that brought Emporia national attention. White was voted as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas People (

William A. White House State Historic Site


927 Exchange St., 620-342-2800

Also know as Red Rocks, the historic White residence is known for its famous guests including five U.S. Presidents. Furnishings and memorabilia portray the world travels and writings of White and his son, William Lindsay (19001973), both nationally prominent writers and journalists. Thurs-Sat, 11 am-5 pm, Apr-Oct.


William A. White Bust & Memorial

Lyon County history Center

SE of lake at S. Rural St. & Randolph Ave.

Described as “the loveliest site in the world for a town,” Emporia was founded by five men from Lawrence in 1857, when Kansas was still a territory battling over slavery. The town charter prohibited gambling and the sale of liquor, making Emporia the first prohibition town in the world — 61 years before National Prohibition. Touting a squeaky clean image and free-state values, Emporia sprang up quickly.

The new Lyon County History Center is more than a museum, it is a place to discover and share your history. With a Kid's Zone and a model train, this center is fun for all ages. You will experience history and connect with stories in new and memorable ways through guest speakers and traveling exhibits. Come be inspired in this community center. Insightful conversations start here.

This bust of WAW, dedicated in 1950 by President Herbert Hoover, includes White’s moving essay “Mary White” in remembrance of his daughter who was killed in a horseback riding accident.

711 Commercial St. •

William Lindsay White Memorial 6th Ave. & Merchant St., in White Memorial Park


This bust of William L. White (1900‑1973), son of William A. White and also an author, includes selections of writings by the two men.

2 [1, 2] Lyon County Historical Center [3] Maud Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist [4] Antique shopping in downtown Emporia. Photography: IM Design Group, [3] Wikimedia Commons.

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Historic Haunted tours Every October, things get spooky with the Eek Town celebrations in Emporia. Take a self-guided behind the scenes tour of historic downtown buildings and learn about the city’s colorful history.

Soden’s Grove


Old School Cool Historic Downtown Emporia Recently designated as a Historic District, downtown Emporia is the place to go for local nightlife, cuisine, coffee, antiques and boutiques. With more than 17 architectural styles, including the Spanish Colonial Revival of the Historic Granada Theatre, a stroll down Commercial Street is an architecture lover’s dream.

As the birthplace of Maud Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist, Emporia has been on the forefront of culture since the beginning. Maud’s legacy is being kept alive at Maud’s Tattoo Company. 720 Commercial St.

This popular park encompasses the area where Soden’s Mill once stood. Built in 1923, the historic Rainbow Arch Bridge is a popular place to fish. The park also includes the David Traylor Zoo, the All Veterans Memorial, and the trail head to the new Cottonwood River Nature Trail. 1000 S. Commercial St.

300-1200 block of Commercial St.

Howe House & Welsh Farmstead Built in 1867 by a Welsh immigrant stone-mason, this historic limestone home is one of the oldest in Emporia, and features original architecture and furnishings. Info and tours by appointment. 315 E. Logan Ave. • 620‑340‑6314 • 6

Great finds

What is old is new again Looking for unique finds for your funky style? Explore historic Commercial Street and find re-purposed art, furniture, and antiques at some of the most unique shops and boutiques in the state. Discover unusual antiques and collectibles at one of our amazing shops – Paper Moon Antiques, Poehler Merchantile Antiques, Mikes’ Attic and Dalton Gang Antiques.


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For over 65 years, Emporia has paid special homage to all Veterans. Our Veterans Tribute Celebration in November culminates with a parade and memorial service.

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Veterans Banners Banners dedicated to individual veterans are hung along Commercial Street every year around Veterans Day. Stroll around downtown and read the profiles of the men and women who have protected our freedom.

Veterans Emporia is the official founding city of Veterans Day. Emporia celebrated the first Veterans Day in 1953, a year before congress made it a National Holiday in 1954. The idea came from Emporian Alvin J. King, who suggested the renaming of Armistice Day. Emporia Congressman Ed Rees and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also of Kansas, took the final steps to create this reverent holiday.

All Veterans Celebration The All Veterans Celebration is a week-long observance honoring our service men and women. Festivities include the Veterans Day Parade, Veteran Artist Exhibit, Quilts of Valor, Essay and Poster Contest, FreedomFest and more.


All Veterans Memorial 933 S Commercial St.

This memorial features a World War II M-4A6 Sherman army tank, Vietnam Veteran Memorial with Huey Helicopter, USS Oliver Hazard Perry anchor and Purple Heart Memorial. Open daylight to 11 pm. Fremont Park, 4th Ave. & Union St.

Civil War Veterans Monument

Maplewood & Memorial Lawn Cemeteries, 2000 Prairie St.

Mexican-American World War II Veterans Memorial

Civil War Veterans Monument

St. Catherine’s Church, 205 S. Lawrence St.

Spanish-American War Memorial Peter Pan Park, S. Neosho St. & Kansas Ave.

[1] Banners of veterans line the streets every October and November [2] All Veterans Memorial. Photography: IM Design Group.

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HONORING EDUCATORS Teachers set us on a better path, and Emporia is where many get their start. Once known as “the Athens of the Plains” for its colleges and Carnegie libraries, Emporia is home to the National Teachers Hall of Fame and the poignant Memorial to Fallen Educators.

National Teachers Hall of Fame 1701 Morse Rd, ESU Visser Hall •

The National Teachers Hall of Fame recognizes and honors exceptional career teachers, encourages excellence in teaching and preserves the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States. The museum on the Emporia State University campus honors the teachers inducted and is a teacher resource center.





Schmidt Museum of Natural History

Johnston Geology Museum

The Schmidt Museum of Natural History contains a comprehensive collection of approximately 600 taxidermy mounts of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from Kansas. A research collection of more than 2,500 bird and mammal skins from various parts of the U.S. is maintained for advanced study and research.

See a western Kansas Cretaceous mosasaur, a giant ground sloth, a mastodon tusk plus other displays in the ESU Geology Museum. The museum contains geological specimens predominantly from Kansas. Included among the 45 displays are the world famous Hamilton Quarry Fossil Assemblage, the Tri-State Mining Display, petrified tree stumps and the Hawkins and the Calkins Indian Artifact Collections.

1320 Merchant St., ESU Science Hall Room 043 •

Memorial to Fallen Educators

Peterson Planetarium

12 W. 18th Ave., ESU Campus, next to One Room School Museum •

Open to students and the public, discover the wonders of the universe in this domed theatre. Free shows play Thursday evenings and the second Saturday of each month.

Located next to Emporia State University’s One Room School Museum, the Memorial to Fallen Educators is free to visit and open 24 hours a day. The memorial commemorates educators who have lost their lives while working with students.

1320 Merchant St., ESU Science Hall Room 031 •

1320 Merchant St., ESU Science Hall Room 106 •

[1] National Teachers Hall of Fame [2] Memorial to Fallen Educators. Photography: IM Design Group.

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25th Year of Elevating the Profession of Education Memorial to Fallen Educators Museum of Education History Gift Shop Educators Wall of Fame Located on the Emporia State University Campus, Visser Hall Room 114 For more information visit our website at or use the QR Code

Lyon County History Center

711 Commercial St • 620-340-6310 Open Tuesday through Saturday,10am – 4pm


315 E Logan Ave • 620-340-6310 Open by Appointment


Richard Howe House & Welsh Farmstead

Now open at our new location!

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With a rich history stretching back over 150 years, Emporia State University’s (ESU) traditions have been making memories for students from around the world.



Welcome Back Block Party

ESU Homecoming Celebration

Lady Hornet Basketball

Emporia welcomes back its students with this Commercial Street block party. The Black and Gold district is full of games and vendors during this annual event.

Homecoming is a celebration that includes annual traditions, athletic events and a host of social gatherings. Watch the Homecoming Parade on Commercial Street or attend the annual Homecoming musical at Albert Taylor Hall. Cheer on the Hornets at Welch Stadium, or grab a ticket for any Hornet football game this fall!

Don’t miss the action as the perennial favorites, the Emporia State Lady Hornets, attempt to win another NCAA championship. See them on their home court at W.L. White Auditorium.

[1] Student on Emporia State University campus [2] Plumb Hall. Photography: Emporia State University.

Wooster Lake Enjoy a picnic or a quiet afternoon on the lawns around this picturesque lake. Between the Memorial Union and Welch Stadium, this lake is at the center of many campus traditions, including the legend that if you kiss your significant other on Wooster Bridge at midnight, they will be the person you marry. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

With associate of applied science degrees, technical certificates as well as licensure and certificate programs, you’ll find what you need to achieve your goals.

At Flint Hills Technical College, we offer programs that respond to today’s technical industry needs through individualized instruction and dynamic hands-on learning.

Become a Wrangler. Apply today at

620.343.4600 •

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Give yourself a digital detox in the vast open spaces of the Flint Hills

nature Voted one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas, the Flint Hills are a special, magical place. Located west of Emporia, and extending north and south for several hundred miles, the Flint Hills are one of the last remaining tallgrass prairie eco-systems in the world.


Flint Hills National Flint Hills National Flint Hills Scenic Byway Wildlife Refuge Nature Trail Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve


Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand. The preserve offers many opportunities to make a meaningful connection to the prairie and the people who lived here. See nearly 11,000 acres of wide open spaces, beautiful vistas, seasonal wildflowers, bison and native wildlife and plenty of solitude.

Running from Council Grove to Cassoday, this Byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie – one of the last remaining such landscapes left in America. Much of the land along the Byway looks as it did thousands of years ago when the Kaw, Osage and other native tribes lived there.

This wildlife refuge lies in the broad, flat Neosho River Valley, a native tallgrass prairie region with natural scenic beauty. 18,463 acres of habitats are managed to provide food and habitat for migratory birds and resident wildlife. Hartford •

The Flint Hills Nature Trail is the seventh longest rail-trail in America, and the longest trail in Kansas. Great for cycling, hiking or horseback riding, trail heads are in Admire, Allen, Bushong, Council Grove and Miller.

[1] The Flint Hills have been rated as having some of the best sunsets in the world [2] The Spring Hill ranch house at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve [3] The Symphony in the Flint Hills [4] Downtown Council Grove. Photography: [1] IM Design Group, [2] Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, [3] Kelly Glasscock, [4] Council Grove Chamber of Commerce.

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Council Grove


41 minutes northwest of Emporia

23 minutes southeast of Emporia

Experience a historic community and an authentic old trail town at the crossroads of the Sante Fe Trail and the Flint Hills Scenic Byway.

Enjoy the outdoors at the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge in Hartford, in southeastern Lyon County.

Chase County 25 minutes west of Emporia


Symphony in the Flint Hills

June 10, 2017 •

Beginning in 1937, the Flint Hills Rodeo is the oldest consecutive rodeo in the state of Kansas. This PRCA sanctioned event takes place in Strong City and includes a parade and dance. June 1-3, 2017•

Reading 26 minutes northeast of Emporia

Devastated by a tornado in 2011, Reading is a true example of the Kansas spirit. The community has come together to rebuild their homes and businesses.

Americus 10 minutes north of Emporia

Original county seat, and home of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Grant F. Timmerman. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

37 minutes east of Emporia

Nearby, Melvern Lake draws outdoor enthusiasts from a wide range of disciplines. The lake contains five parks with amenities ranging from basic campsites to full hook-ups with 50-amp service.

madison 26 minutes south of Emporia

Hidden Valley of the Flint Hills. Take a scenic country drive south from Emporia on Highway 99 to Greenwood County.


Get inspired at this annual concert by the Kansas City Symphony in the majestic Flint Hills. It is an experience that you’ll never forget.

Flint Hills Rodeo

Chase County boasts the largest area of unspoiled tallgrass prairie remaining in the world. Find yourself in the peaceful, untouched beauty of the Chase County Flint Hills. Chase County is home to the oldest operating courthouse in Kansas.

Melvern Lake

15 minutes south of Emporia

This little town is well known for fried chicken and the annual Downhome Festival.




AUTHENTIC, SAVORY AND LOCAL Sample some of the best food the region has to offer. Taste an eclectic mix of international cuisine and local dishes.



Emporia is a culinary hot spot, and the restaurants here will satisfy any craving. Our locals cook up awesome BBQ, authentic Mexican, outstanding burgers and phillys, desserts and everything in between. From chic food trucks to exciting ethnic cuisine to delicious comfort food, you’ll have a memorable experience when you dine in one of Emporia's unique eateries.

[1] Surly Mermaid Food Truck [2] Radius Brewing Company [3] Casa Ramos [4] Shangri-La Sushi & Teriyaki [5] Pho BannLao House of Noodle [6] Commercial Street Diner [7] BobbyD's Merchant Street BBQ. Photography: [1] IM Design Group, [4] Shangi-La Sushi & Teriyaki [5] Pho BannLao House of Noodle.


Radius Brewing Company 610 Merchant St. • 620-208-4677 •

Radius Brewing Company is Emporia’s first brewery since prohibition. Try artisan-style appetizers, salads, sandwiches, soups, wood-fired brick-oven pizzas, as well as a rotating Chef ’s Menu. All of this is complemented by craft beers which are brewed in the center of the dining room. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

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Surly Mermaid Food Truck



Casa Ramos Enjoy authentic Mexican food in this family-owned restaurant that has been serving customers since 2004. With a festive atmosphere and huge portions, you won’t leave hungry. 707 Commercial St.

Amanda’s Bakery & Café

Shangri-La Sushi & Teriyaki

Pho BannLao House of Noodle

Amanda’s Bakery & Café serves up delicious sandwiches made with freshly baked bread and desserts that are definitely worth the splurge. This local favorite has something for everybody.

Sushi and kitchen entrées abound at this traditional, yet modern, Japanese restaurant. Shangri-La offers a large selection from vegetarian, to teriyaki. They feature over 50 different rolls, including thoroughly cooked rolls that provide options for sushi novices as well.

East meets mid-west in this authentic Laotian restaurant. Try something from their diverse menu, such as Pad Thai, spring rolls, pho bowls, or curry.

702 Commercial St.

409 Commercial St .

841 W. 6th Ave.

Crafted with love from a 1956 Airstream, Surly Mermaid Food Truck is not just a food truck, but a bitchin’ kitchen on wheels. Diners are always on the lookout for the next appearance of this food truck and it’s famed Surly Burgers and eclectic gourmet menu.

J’s Carryout 27 Commercial St.

Rated “Best Burgers in the state of Kansas” by AAA, this restaurant’s big tastes more than make up for its small size. Located in a 1950s-style burger joint, this little restaurant has been serving up burgers, fries and rings for decades. Don’t leave without tasting the free ice cream that comes with every order!

Do-B’s Phillys & PoBoys 704 E. 12th Ave. •

Commercial Street Diner

BobbyD’s Merchant Street BBQ

614 Commercial St.

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This all-American diner serves up piles of hash browns, pancakes bigger than your head, and chicken fried steaks that hang off the plate. With one of the best breakfasts in the region, Commercial Street Diner is a must-stop.

Hungry for slowly smoked ribs, brisket or pork? How about a slice of smoked prime rib or perfectly cooked Certified Premium Beef ? Voted the Emporia Gazette’s “Best of the Flint Hills Best Barbecue” for the last 13 years, BobbyD’s award-winning barbecue will surely satisfy any of these cravings and leave you saying “It’s all ’bout da meat!”



This local favorite draws in diners from all over the region with their fresh and delicious food that’s made fresh to order just for you. Choose from regional classics like mouthwatering Philly Steaks and hearty Po-Boys or stop by for a Hornet Burger, a Shrimp Po-Boy or homemade dessert.

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roasts their own beans and crafts signature drinks like the Frank's Crowbar. The Granada Coffee Company, 809 Commercial St., is a true treasure of Emporia. Snuggle up in an overstuffed chair surrounded by local history in this unique shop.

Coffee Classics Sometimes you just have to slow down, have a nice cup of joe and enjoy the atmosphere in one of Emporia's independently owned coffee shops. Gravel City Roasters, located at 608 Commercial St., hand

Dining listings ASIAN CUISINE China Buffet 2804 W US Hwy 50 620‑343‑6688 China Dragon 1113 Commercial 620‑340-0033 House of Ma 1404 Industrial Rd 620‑342‑3433 Ichiban Sushi & Asian Fusion Bistro 1430 Industrial Road 620-208-6888 Peking Express Inc. 728 E 12th Ave 620‑343‑8808 Peking Express (Sushi) 1128 Merchant 620‑343‑8811 Pho BannLao 409 Commercial Street620-208-6666 Shanghai Restaurant 2002 W 6th Ave 620‑342‑4888 Shangri-La Sushi & Teriyaki 841 W 6th Ave. 620-412-5588

BARBECUE Billy Bob’s BBQ 20 Commercial St 620‑342‑4227 Billy Sims Barbecue 737 W. 6th Ave. 620-341-9919 Bobby D’s Merchant St. BBQ 607 Merchant St 620‑342‑1990

BAR & GRILL Applebee’s Grill & Bar 2901 Eaglecrest Dr 620‑343‑0000 Bruff’s Bar & Grill 2640 W 18th Ave 620‑342‑1223

Coach’s 2702 W 15th Ave 620‑343‑6362 Rolling Hills Bar and Grill (Americus) 822 Main St. 620‑443-7005 Wagon Wheel Bar & Grill 2909 W 9th Ave 620‑343‑2525

COFFEE HOUSE The Granada Coffee Co. 809 Commercial St 620‑342‑4001 Gravel City Roasters 608 Commercial St 620‑343‑3919 Starbucks 2916 Eaglecrest Dr 620‑340‑0289

FAMILY DINING Ad Astra Food & Drink (Strong City) 318 Cottonwood 620-273-8440 Amanda’s Bakery & Cafe 702 Commercial St 620‑340‑0620 BETO Junction Restaurant (BETO Junction Travel Plaza) 1-35 & US Hwy 75 620-256-6311 Chicken House (Olpe) 8 East Hwy K‑99 620‑475‑3386 Commercial Street Diner 614 Commercial St 620‑343‑9866 Cowboy Cafe 502 Albert St. Do-B’s Phillys & Po Boys 704 E 12th Ave 620-342-7294

Grand Central Hotel & Grill (Cottonwood Falls) 215 Broadway 620-273-6763 Hays House (Council Grove) 112 W Main 620-767-5911 Huddle House 4245 W US Hwy 50 620-343-3099 IHOP 2831 W 18th Ave 620-412-9586 J’s Carry Out 27 Commercial St 620‑342‑5780 Keller Feed & Wine (Cottonwood Falls) 317 Broadway 620-273-5050 Miracle Cafe (Reading) 103 Franklin St 620-699-3009 Montana Mikes Steakhouse 3010 Eaglecrest Dr 620‑343‑7481 TVG Restaurant 3021 W Hwy 50 620-481-0156 Whistle Stop Cafe (Melvern) 117 SW Main 785-549-3575

FAST FOOD Arby’s 2711 W US Hwy 50 620‑342‑6322 Braum’s Ice Cream 1028 W 6th Ave 620‑343‑2951 Braum’s Ice Cream 2120 Industrial Rd 620-340-8146 Burger King 2725 W 18th Ave

Freddy’s Frozen Custard 1400 W 6th Ave 620-341-9009

Taco Bell 1407 W 6th Ave 620‑343‑7990

Little Caesar’s 1014 Commercial St 620-343-8900

Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs 1004 E 12th Ave 620‑343‑3100

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches 2000 Industrial Rd Ste. B 620‑342-9424

Papa John’s Pizza 2808 W US Hwy 50 620‑342‑7272

Hardee’s Family Restaurant 1126 E 12th Ave 620‑342‑6166 Jimmy Johns 726 Commercial 620‑342‑0000 KFC 2613 Candlewood Dr 620‑343‑9999 Long John Silvers 1928 W 6th Ave 620‑342‑8303 McDonald’s 1202 W 6th Ave 620‑342‑9325 McDonald’s 2810 W 18th Ave 620‑342‑9444 Planet Sub 2715 Candlewood Dr Suite B 620‑343‑1660 Sonic Drive‑In 1101 W 6th Ave 620‑342‑8875 Spangles 2708 W 18th 620-342-2888 Subway 1128‑D Merchant St 620‑343‑2907 Subway 935 Industrial Rd 620‑343‑7012 Subway 2301 Industrial Rd (inside Wal‑Mart) 620‑340‑0633 Taco Bell 2807 Eaglecrest Dr 620‑342‑8545

ITALIAN Bellissimo Italian Ristorante 1408 Industrial Road 620-341-9771

Pizza Hut Wing Street 2920 W 18th Ave 620‑343‑3756 Pizza Ranch 3000 W 18th Ave 620-343-8646



Dairy Queen 1708 W 6th Ave 620‑342‑5887

Casa Ramos 707 Commercial St 620‑340‑0640

Daylight Donuts 1028 Commercial St 620‑342‑6844

El Lorito 2144 W. Hwy 50 620-342-7547

Daylight Donuts 902 W 6th Ave 620‑342‑1270

El Marmol 713 W South Ave 620-342-7307 Las Brisas 315 Commercial St

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt 1114 Commercial St 620-208-5323

La Hacienda 1116 W 6th Ave 620‑340‑0769

Sister Sno Cones 1632 Industrial Rd The Sweet Granada 803 Commercial St 620‑342‑9600

Panaderia Progreso 602 E. 6th Avenue 620-341-9850

Traci’s Shaved Ice 1608 W 6th Ave

Pupuseria Reina (Salvadorian) 312 W. South Ave 620-412-5222 Tortas El Toro 602 E 6th Ave

MICROBREWERY Radius Brewing Company 610 Merchant 620-208-HOPS

PIZZA Domino’s Pizza 2326 Industrial Rd 620-341-9411 Gambino’s Pizza 1003 Industrial Rd 620‑343‑9114

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Need help planning your time in Emporia? Start your stay by visiting the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Our friendly staff of resident experts will provide you with maps, brochures and suggestions for lodging, attractions and local events that match your time and interests. The Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau is located in historic downtown Emporia at 719 Commercial Street. Stop by or give them a call to start planning your stay. Let us help you find breakout and team building activities during your next meeting or conference. Have your guests tour a gourmet chocolate shop, enjoy a wine tasting, or tour one of the country's biggest disc golf warehouses. Let your inner artist out while taking a painting workshop, or find the killer at a murder mystery. Your guests will have the time of their life in Emporia. Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

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Meeting Venues

Admire Community Center 300 Emporia Public Library 50 ✓ Pizza Ranch 68 ✓ 3000 W. 18th Ave., 620-343-8646

Admire,, 620-528-3431

110 E. 6th Ave., 620-340-6462

Amend Girl Scout Center 150

Plumb Place 100 ✓ Emporia Senior Center 150 224 E. 6th Ave., 620-342-1613

603 E. 12th Ave., 620-343-3160 .

1200 Burlingame Rd., 620-342-4532

Potter-Beath Activity Center 200 ✓ ESU Memorial Union 1,000 ✓ American Legion Post #5 200 ✓ 2931 W. 24th Ave., 620-342-2858 1331 Market St., 620-341-5443 2921 W. 12th Ave., 620-342-1119

Flint Hills Technical College 150 ✓ Anderson Hall 800 ✓ 3301 W. 18th Ave., 620-343-4600

Lyon Co. Fairgrounds, 620-340-8282

Reading Community Center 200 Reading, 620-699-3870

Best Western Hospitality House 200 ✓

Granada Theatre


Rodeway Inn 120

Bluestem Hall 125

Gufler Mansion


Rollers Skating Rink 500 ✓

3021 W. US Hwy 50, 620-342-7587

807 Commercial St., 620-342-3342

646 Rd. 180, 620-342-8444

612 W. 12th Ave., 620-342-3342

2700 W. Hwy 50, 620-340-8282

3007 W. 18th Ave., 620-343-1111

3183 W. US Hwy 50, 620-342-7822 701 Graham St., 620-342-3322

Holiday Inn Express 30 Bowyer Community Building 300 ✓

Sacred Heart Parish Hall 400 ✓

House of Ma 50 Brickyard 20 Ale House 100 ✓ 1404 Industrial Rd., 620-342-3433

Trusler Business Center 42 ✓

Kansas National Guard Armory 25 Bruff’s Bar & Grill 80 ✓ 1809 Merchant St., 620-342-0457

Twin Rivers Winery 170 ✓

101 Cottonwood St., 620-342-1061 719 Commercial St., 620-342-1600

402 Merchant St., 913-522-2690

2640 W. 18th Ave., 620-342-1223

Camp Alexander 150 1783 Rd. P5, 620-342-1386

627 Commercial St., 620-208-9463

VFW Post 1980 200 ✓ Knights Inn 200 932 Graphic Arts Rd., 620-342-9864 2700 W. 18th Ave., 620-341-9199

VFW Post 7957 75 Lee Beran Rec Center 100 ✓ Candlewood Suites 35 ✓ 302 S. Commercial St., Contact info on door 2602 Candlewood Dr., 620-343-7756

313 W. 4th Ave., 620-340-6300

Comfort Inn 30

Reading, 103 Franklin, 620-699-3009

2836 W. 18th Ave., 620-342-9700

Miracle Cafe 80

William A. White House 50

N. Lyon Co. Community Center 300

W. L. White Arena 5,000 ✓

927 Exchange St., 620-342-2800

Allen, 620-528-3777 Emporia Arts Center 150 ✓ Olpe Knights of Columbus Hall 200 815 Commercial St., 620-343-6473 Olpe, 620-475-3574

With hundreds of miles of trails and roads to explore, Emporia is an endurance cyclist’s paradise. Bring your bike (or buy one here!), and find out why cyclists from across the world flock to Emporia to test their limits in the Flint Hills. Grab some discs and enjoy an afternoon at one of our five professional disc golf courses, and learn why people say

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Emporia perfected the popular sport. With beautiful courses, Emporia is the place to tee off and have some fun. If you prefer to adventure with your taste buds, our unique and inspiring cuisine has you covered. With awesome BBQ, authentic Mexican, outstanding burgers and phillys, handcrafted pizzas, and local craft beers and wine, our inspiring cuisine will keep you coming back for more! Stroll through historic Downtown Emporia and visit one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. Find unique, handmade artisan gifts or attend a performance at our historic venues.

Contact the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau to begin planning your perfect event, meeting or conference. Whether it’s finding the right space, locating a caterer or looking for exciting things to do, we are here to ensure your entire group is made to feel special. 719 Commercial Street Emporia KS 66801 800-279-3730

Founded on the edge of the scenic Flint Hills, Emporia is the perfect place for an adventure. Located conveniently between Kansas City and Wichita along I-35 and US Highway 50, Emporia is a short drive from anywhere.

111 E. 6th Ave., 620-343-4295


Location DryerPark


Jones Park


52 60


Jones Aquatic Center Jones Park East Disc Golf



Jones Park West Disc Golf


Sodens Grove Ball Field


11th Ave.


Southwest Santa Fe Skateboard Park

19 10th Ave.


Lowther Field


9th Ave.


Trusler Sports Complex

8th Ave.

37 41

TRYSA Soccer Complex

7th Ave.

24 6th Ave.

47 44

W. 18th Ave.

Prairie St. & Jones Dr.


Las Casitas Park

West of Burlingame Rd.

Lincoln St. & Jones Dr.

Southwest Santa Fe Park

12th Ave.

South Ave. & West St.

4202 W. 18th Ave. 6

Emporia State University

S. Commercial St. 11


Exchange St.

1133 S. Hwy 99

C of E Park


Union St.

Emporia Municipal Golf Course

Peter Pan Park Disc Golf

S. Congress St. & W Kansas Ave. 10

Prairie St.


Market St.

Rural St. & 18th Ave. 4


Emporia Country Club Disc Golf

18th Ave. Maplewood Cemetary

Downtown EMporia

313 W. 4th Ave.

Commercial St.

North of ESU Campus 3

Lee Beran Recreation Center

Merchant St.

Campus Bike Trails

Memorial Lawn Cemetary



Constitution St.



59 18th Ave.

Industrial Rd.


Mechanic St.



West of Emporia

Recreation Camp Alexander



61 48

1785 Rd. P5








Lincoln St.


Graphic Arts Rd.

Centrally located in Eastern Kansas, Emporia is only an hour and a half from both Kansas City and Wichita. Nestled at the crossroads of I-35, the Kansas Turnpike and US Highway 50, Emporia is easily accessible from anywhere. Or fly into the Emporia Municipal Airport, only 5 minutes from downtown.


Welch Stadium

5th Ave.

ESU Campus

4th Ave.


Veterans 15

All Veterans Memorial


933 S. Commercial St.


Civil War Veterans Monument


Civil War Veterans Monument

Maplewood & Memorial Lawn Cemeteries, 200 Prairie St.



“Our Flag Was Still There” Mural by Marilyn Dailey


Junction City


70 335

Flint Hills Nature Trail

Tallgrass Prairie NationalPreserve 56



Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge

Flint Hills National Scenic Byway 50







54 75




Mexican-American World War II Veterans Memorial Spanish-American War Memorial



St. Catherine’s Church, 205 S. Lawrence St.


Kansas City



11th Ave. & Commercial St.

Fremont Park, 4th Ave. & Union St.







Peter Pan Park, S. Neosho St . & Kansas Ave.

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North of Emporia

30 33

Attractions Parks



Emporia State University Lakes


Bike Trails (unmarked)

31 12 26

40 43

East of Emporia


Rural St.

12th Ave.



9th Ave. Eastside Memorial Park

Sertoma Park


National Teachers Hall of Fame

Northeast of Emporia

12 W. 18th Ave., ESU campus

1701 Morse Rd. ESU Visser Hall

Emporia Public Library


The Orchard

1301 Market St. ESU King Hall


Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge

Prairie Passage


Sertoma Miniature Train

1128 N. Hwy K-99

Industrial Rd. & W. Hwy 50

Granada Theatre

S. Commercial St. 36

6th Ave.


Visitors Center (CVB)


White Auditorium

719 Commercial St.

Lyon County Fair Grounds

111 E 6th Ave.

Freemont Park

Urbanside Park


Weaver St.

Industrial Rd. & W. Hwy 50



Quaker Park

South Ave.


Howe House/Welsh Farmstead


The Emporia Gazette & Museum


Johnston Geology Museum


W. A. White House State Historic Site


William Allen White Bust & Memorial

46 20

East St.

Exchange St.

315 E Logan Ave.

Peter Pan Park

1320 Merchant St., ESU Science Hall Rm 106


Logan Ave.



517 Merchant St.

927 Exchange St.

Lyon County History Center

Peter Pan Park, S Rural St. & Randolph Ave.

711 Commercial St. 15 42


21 10

South of Emporia

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

West of Emporia

John Redmond Reservoir

East of Emporia 29



Eppink & Gilson Art Galleries

807 Commercial St. 28

18 45

Emporia Family Fun Center

Memorial to Fallen Educators

East of Emporia




Whildin St.




15th Ave.


110 E. 6th Ave. 25


Emporia Arts Center

1004 E. 12th Ave. 24

Emporia Country Club Hammond Park

Lyon State Fishing Lake

815 Commercial St.


Roads Railroads Veteran Memorial Route (unmarked) 2


S Commercial St. & Soden Rd.



David Traylor Zoo

Sodens Grove



Rainbow Arch Bridge 933 S Commercial St.


Schmidt Museum of Natural History


William Lindsay White Memorial 6th Ave. & Merchant St.

1320 Merchant St., ESU Science Hall Rm 43

99 4

Lodging Emergency

Car Rental

Health Services


Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Newman Regional Health


Road Conditions Highway Patrol 620-431-2100

1528 W. 6th Ave., 620-340-0109 or 800-736-8222

Williams Automotive 3105 W. 6th Ave., 620-343-0086


Public Transportation

KS Turnpike

Lyon County Area Transportation (LCAT)

620-342-5402 620-342-8567

Street & Road 800-585-ROAD

1201 W 12th Ave, 620-343-6800, 24 Hr. Emergency Care - 620-341-7888 Express Care - 620-343-7828

Flint Hills Community Health Center

2531 Lincoln St., 620-342-8753 or 620-340-7564

DZ Cab Line 620-366-0500

Emporia Kansas Visitors Guide

America’s Best Inn & Suites


Holiday Inn Express & Suites


Best Western Hospitality House


Knights Inn & Conference Center


Budget Host Inn


Candlewood Suites


Comfort Inn


3181 W. US Hwy 50

TTY Users



620-340-0484, Short Stop, 2000 Industrial Rd. for tickets




Hampton Inn & Suites


Rodeway Inn

3183 W. US Hwy 50

2511 W. 18th Ave

2900 Eaglecrest Dr.

Quality Inn & Suites 2921 W. 18th Ave

Days Inn

3032 W. US Hwy 50


Motel 6

2630 W. 18th Ave.

2836 W. 18th Ave.


La Quinta Inn & Suites

2930 Eaglecrest Dr.

2602 Candlewood Dr.


Greyhound Bus Depot

2700 W. 18th Ave.

1830 E. US Hwy 50



3007 W. 18th Ave.

3021 W. US Hwy 50

420 W. 15th Ave., 620-342-4864

MON-SAT, 620-342-4207

Jesse Solis Shuttle Service


Helpful Numbers

Super 8

2913 W. US Hwy 50

Gufler Mansion B&B

612 W. 12th Ave.


Accommodations America’s Best Inn & Suites

3181 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7820


Best Western Hospitality House 3021 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7587 • 800-362-2036 •


Budget Host Inn 1830 E. US Hwy 50 • 620-343-6922 • 800-BUDHOST •


Candlewood Suites 2602 Candlewood Dr. • 620-343-7756 • 888-CANDLEWOOD •


Comfort Inn 2836 W. 18th Ave. • 620-342-9700 • 800-4CHOICE • Days Inn

3032 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-1787 • 800-325-2525 •


2511 W. 18th Ave. • 620-343-7750 • 800-55ECONO •

Gufler mansion bed and Breakfast

612 W. 12th Ave. • 620-208-9207

Hampton Inn & Suites

✓ ✓


✓ ✓


✓ ✓


✓ ✓


Holiday Inn Express & Suites

3007 W. 18th Ave. • 620-343-1111 • 800-HOLIDAY •


✓ ✓

Knights Inn & Conference Center


La Quinta Inn & Suites 2930 Eaglecrest Dr. • 620-342-4445

55 ✓

2700 W. 18th Ave. • 620-341-9287

Motel 6

✓ ✓


Quality Inn & Suites



✓ ✓


✓ ✓

2913 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7567 •

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Emporia RV Park & Campground 4601 W US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7820 •


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Dieker Sales & Overnight Camping

1521 Rd 175 • 620-342-6456


Whether you are rolling in with your RV or need to pitch a tent, we have campground options in the area.

Si te Sh ow er s

Super 8


3183 W. US Hwy 50 • 620-342-7822

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Rodeway Inn


2921 W. 18th Ave. • 620-341-9393


2630 W. 18th Ave. • 620-343-1240 • 800-466-8356 •




2900 Eaglecrest Dr. • 620-412-9037

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Emporia is conveniently located in the heart of eastern Kansas along I-35, I-335 and US Highway 50. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, the Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau will be happy to help you book your trip. Call 800-279-3730 or look online at

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• Central Location • Variety Of Rooms • On-Site Catering • Advanced Technology • Convenient Parking • Multiple Set-up Options • Competitive Rates • Award Winning Renovation • Friendly & Knowledgable Staff


TOPS IN KANSAS, NOW TOPS IN THE U.S.A. High Quality Care You Can Trust • 24/7 Emergency Department

• Wound Care

• Nuclear Medicine

• 24/7 Cardiovascular Cath. Lab

• Inpatient Rehab Unit

• Women’s Services

• Cardiopulmonary Services

• Physical Therapy

• Breast Ctr. - Digital

• Orthopedics

• Occupational Therapy

• Obstetrics/Gynecology

• Sports Medicine

• Speech Therapy

• Labor/Delivery

• Surgery (Inpt & Outpt)

• Pharmacy • Full Lab

• Newborn Nursery

• Intensive care Unit

• Air Ambulance

• Pediatrics

• Diabetes Program

• Radiology Services

• Medical Equipment

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