Founded in 1857, Emporia serves as the Lyon County seat. The city is widely known for its newspaper, the Emporia Gazette. Edited and published by the legendary news man William Allen White, the Emporia Gazette is often regarded as the gold standard for small-town newspapers.
Preserving the William Allen White residence, Red Rocks National Historic Site is Emporia’s most famous tourist destination. Emporia was also the location for the first ever observance of Veterans Day, which took place in 1953.
On average, Emporia enjoys 210 days of sunshine each year. High temperatures in July reach 92 degrees, with January lows tumbling to around 20. Annual rainfall is approximately 34 inches, while yearly snow accumulation is roughly 17 inches.
The Emporia Unified School District operates 11 schools throughout Lyon County. Continuing education is offered by Flint Hills Technical College and Emporia State University. Medical services are provided by Newman Regional Health. Lyon County Area Transportation operates a public bus line, and Emporia Municipal Airport handles air travel.
The William L. White Civic Auditorium hosts a variety of special events, including Emporia State Hornets basketball and volleyball. If your passion is live entertainment, the historic Granada Theatre is home to various concerts & live performances. Don’t forget to stop by Emporia’s downtown district for a rich sampling of dining, shopping and more.
Our location in the majestic Flint Hills makes Emporia an ideal spot for outdoor adventure. Capture the essence of the Kansas prairie with a drive along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. The last contiguous block of tallgrass prairie in North America, the Flint Hills boast beautifully dramatic vistas and diverse wildlife. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve offers a stunning example of this. If you’re a fan of hunting, hiking and fishing, you’ll love spending a weekend at John Redmond Reservoir and Wildlife Area. Eisenhower State Park, Melvern Lake and wildlife area also promise endless leisure for the nature lover.
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