MARQUETTE, Kan. (KSNW) — The KSN Summer Road Trip team rolled into downtown Marquette around 2:20 p.m. Monday, July 12.
The town is named after Marquette, Michigan. Marquette, Kansas started in 1873 with a flour mill on the banks of the Smoky Hill River. The next year, a town charter was signed, and the city began to grow.
It suffered a devastating tragedy In 1905. A tornado destroyed almost half the town and killed 31 people. The survivors did not give up. They rebuilt and became stronger for it. The population is currently around 650.
If you visit, you will notice a lot of Victorian-style buildings in the historic downtown area and Victorian homes. Many of the buildings are on the Kansas State Register of Historic Places.
The town website says “Marquette is dedicated to maintaining a sense of its history while moving forward into the 21st century.”
The City Sundries Soda Fountain, which has been around for about 120 years, is a landmark in Marquette. Since it opened in 1901 this shop hasn’t changed much. It still has the original marble counter and tables where many generations have enjoyed homemade ice cream.
The floor tiles as well as the wood and glass cases also date back to the early 1900s when people used to fill their prescriptions before enjoying a milkshake. For many people in Marquette, going to City Sundries is a weekly or even daily tradition.
“I love to come in and hear the stories you know from people in the past that would come in here, they’ll be like oh I haven’t been here in 30 years and it looks just the same,” said Sarai Golden, who was visiting. “And so seeing the history and knowing where the town came from and where it started and what’s happening in it is exciting.”
The owner of City Sundries is always busy at work serving up homemade ice cream cones. She said she loved to switch up the flavors all the time.
Things to do in Marquette:
- Kansas Motorcyle Museum, 120 N. Washington
- City Sundries Soda Fountain and Gift Shop, 104 N. Washington
- Marquette Fine Arts Center, 110 N. Washington
- Smoky Valley Saddle Club
- Quivira Disc Golf 18-Hole Course, 310 Harold St.
- Marquette Community Library, 121 N. Washington
- Marquette Museum & Range School Museum, 202 N. Washington
Community & Government:
Sponsors: Jasper’s Consignment Shop and Piper’s Grocery Store.