Elk County Stone Gazebo

Grenola, Kansas


Founded: 1879
Population: 256
ZIP code: 67346
Area Code: 620

Elevation: 1117 feet
Latitude: 37° 20' 55" N
Longitude: 96° 27' 1" W
School District: USD 462, Central
Grenola is located in southwestern Elk [EK] County just south of US 160 . The town is nestled in the valley of the Big Caney river.  The dirt road down this valley from Grenola to Cedar Vale is beautiful in spots; get a good map first.  Downtown has a nice wide brick main street with playground equipment and horseshoe lanes in a small park.
 
When you get down to Grenola, check out Freedom Park Recreation Area just west of the gazebo. This was built with donated funds and volunteer labor. It is a large court for tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, skating, etc. A stone marker commemorates Grenola men lost while fighting for our country during time of war. This has all been completed during 2002.
 
A manufacturer of airplane parts started a factory in the old school during 1996 so the future looks brighter.

History

LONGHORN CATTLE DRIVE
1881 TO 1884 GRENOLA, KANSAS BECAME
THE LARGEST SINGLE CATTLE SHIPPING
POINT IN THE UNITED STATES.
 
THE "SOUTHERN KANSAS RAILROAD" WAS
BUILT BETWEEN THE TWO SMALL TOWNS
OF CANOLA AND GREENFIELD ABOUT 6
MI. APART. THE TWO TOWNS CLOSED
RANKS AND TOOK GRENOLA AS THE CITY
NAME USING THE "GRE" FROM GREENFIELD
AND "NOLA" FROM CANOLA. AS THIS
WAS ABOUT 75 MI. SHORTER DRIVE FOR
THE CATTLE, DROVES BEGAN COMING IN
 
- Stone marker in downtown Grenola

* Grenola Memories *.

Schools

Library Hours

Monday 4-7
Wednesday 2-6
Saturday 1-4

Libraries

Museums

Places to visit in Grenola

Grenola Mural
Section of the Grenola Mural
True Grit Cafe and Farmer's State Bank (1883) restored by owner Ben Freeman
True Grit Cafe and Farmer's State Bank (1883) restored by owner Ben Freeman

Businesses


References

Government

CITY HALL
City Hall & Library
 
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Last updated on February 22, 2006 · John & Susan Howell · Wichita, Kansas · towns@kslib.info
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