ST. JOHN, Kan. (KSNW) — The KSN crew got to St. John around 2:30 Thursday afternoon. Thank you to all the people who came out to greet us and tell us about the town!
The town had a religious start in 1875. Mormons, now known as the Church of Latter-day Saints, called the area Zion Valley. They built a small, white church on a hill, and an elder of the church blessed the town, saying that as long as a church member lived there, the town would be safe from cyclones. You can find the church one block northwest of the town square.
In 1879, the town was named St. John after the eighth governor of Kansas.
St. John, the county seat of Stafford County, has just under 1,300 people. The town economy relies heavily on farming, ranching, and the oil industry.
A beautiful center point is the town square, featuring a fountain and a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty.
Things to do in the St. John area:
- Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway tour
- Quivira Wetlands
- St. John Jubilee – Memorial Day weekend
- Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library
- Lucille M. Hall Museum
- Around the Square
- Visit Lady Liberty
- Brown Memorial Park
- Cornwell Park
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