Population: 1,567 (2000)
Latitude: 37 17' 12" N
Longitude: 98 1' 32" W
School District: USD 361
Zip Code: 67058
Area Code: 620
Located in north central
[HP] County, Harper is, strangely enough, not the county seat.
Even though it lacks a courthouse it has wide shady streets and
many beautiful turn-of-the-century homes.
At the main downtown intersection of Central & Main,
the old fountain has been restored. It served the citizens of
Harper from 1909 to 1969. When it was originally
presented to the town by a group of ladies, it cost $365.
North of the downtown area between Seventh Street and the
tracks is the old brick AT&SF station. It still seems to be
used by the railroad for maintenance work. I was struck by the
size of the area that the station complex took up; look at the
old concrete walls that define it.
160 and the Santa Fe railroad run east-west through Harper.
K-14 runs along the west side of town, leading north into
and K-2 runs northeast to Wichita.
Sgt. Marion Harper was killed in 1863 in a Civil War battle in Arkansas.
Both the town and the county are named for him.
The city of Harper has a social calendar jam-packed with all sorts of fun community events. These include:
Harper County's annual 4th of July Celebration at the Anthony Lake (6 miles north), it draws hundreds of fun seekers for the many events such as the Fishing Tournament for youngsters, Homemade Boat Race, Talent Contest, 1 mile and 5k Run/Walk, Sand Volleyball Tournament and the ever popular Food Court. An awesome Fireworks Display over the lake leaves you speechless.
The annual Harper County Fair in August. This event includes a Demolition Derby, Horseshoe Tournament, Carnival, Parade and many other fun activities for the young and young at heart.
In the fall many Harperites gather for the annual Apple Fest, in the spring Founder's Day is celebrated.
Many beautiful Kansas evenings will find Harperites supporting the local ball teams or gathering together to support the local fundraisers. These include the annual Mennonite Church Pancake Feed and the Masonic Lodge Chili Feed. Some gather to play bingo at the local VFW on Saturday night. For whatever reason, Harperites and visitors will always find ways to gather together.
Interesting Places in Harper