Fun Facts About Wyandotte County
- At varying prehistoric times, Wyandotte County was an inland sea, a swamp, and a prairie.
- Wyandotte County spans over 111 square miles of Kansas riverbank where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet.
- The county takes its name from the Wyandot Indian tribe, who settled this area in 1843.
- Moses Grinter was the first non-Indian settler of Wyandotte County. He operated a ferry across the Kansas River,
and built what is now possibly the oldest farmhouse in Kansas.
- In the late 1800's Kansas City, Kansas was the second largest meat packing center in the country.
- Wyandotte County is host to 30 annual festivals - hence the City of Festivals - Check out former
President Harry Truman's plow at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame.
- The Rosedale Memorial Arch in KCK pays tribute to soldiers who served in World War I.
The arch is based on the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
- The Kansas Speedway is now open with major motorsport racing in Wyandotte County.
But it's not the only raceway in the county
- Lakeside Speedway has been in KCK for over 40 years.
The Wyandotte County Fair has been around since 1863! The inaugural fair was located near first and Nebraska on the levy
and cost 25 cents to attend. For the next 80 or so years the fair was held in a variety of places until settling at it's current location in 1955. What was once simply a forty acre cornfield now houses eleven buildings, an 8,000 seat arena, two picnic areas and an asphalt parking area. The Wyandotte County Fairgrounds are known as some of the best fairgrounds in the
state of Kansas. Western Wyandotte County will see more visitors in the area than ever before with the completion of the Kansas Speedway, which is located just one mile to the west of the fairgrounds, as it hosts it's inaugural season of racing.
Concessions, petting zoos, 4-H exhibits with food, clothing, arts & crafts, livestock, crops and more have always been mainstays of the county fair. In more recent times the thrills of bucking bulls, smashing cars and wild carnival rides have become popular attractions. Musical entertainment is an integral part of the fair experience too - who could forget the
Garth Brooks performance in 1990, or Shenandoah, or Chely Wright?
Wyandotte County Fair Association