PRATT, Kan. (KSNW) — The KSN Summer Road Trip arrived at Lemon Park around 4:15 p.m. Thursday, July 15. Thank you to everyone who visited with us.
The town has a population of around 6,800 and is the county seat of Pratt County. The town and the county are named for Caleb Pratt. He moved from Massachusetts to Lawrence, Kansas, and took an active role in politics. Pratt served in the Kansas Infantry and died in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, near Springfield, Missouri.
As with many other Kansas communities, agriculture and the railroad helped build the town and its economy. Present-day Pratt is more diversified, with agriculture, the oil industry, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation and logistics.
The city’s unemployment rate is relatively low and, according to the Pratt Chamber of Commerce, the cost of living is 85.3% of the U.S. average.
A roadside attraction is the dual water towers, labeled hot and cold. You can learn about Kansas wildlife at the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Education Center. During World War II, the Pratt Army Air Field trained B-29 crews, and the city honors their service and sacrifice at a memorial and museum.
Things to see around Pratt:
- Hot and Cold Water Towers
- Pratt Co. Historical Museum
- Kansas Wildlife and Parks Education Center
- B-29 All Veterans Memorial
- B-29 Museum
- Norden Bombsight Vaults
- Vernon Filley Art Museum
- Pratt Barron Theatre
Community & Government:
- City of Pratt
- Pratt County
- Pratt Public Schools
- Skyline Unified School District 438
- Pratt Community College