ⓘ Blue Rapids, Kansas

Blue Rapids, Kansas

ⓘ Blue Rapids, Kansas

The first endeavor to establish a town below the junction of the rivers, in 1857, failed due to misfortunes of two of the three participants. No further attempt to utilize the impressive water power was made until 1869–1870, when a colony of about 50 families from Genesee County, New York moved in, purchased land and water power rights, and began establishing a community. The Blue Rapids Town Company was formed, and by the end of 1870 the population was about 250. In 1872, Blue Rapids was incorporated as a city of third class under the statutes of Kansas.

Among the first projects in 1870 were a stone dam and a wrought iron bridge built on the river big blue. Then, the power plant was added to provide power for production and for the city. The power plant was destroyed by flood in 1903. In the late 19th century and early 20th century there were four gypsum mines in the area. The population peaked in 1910 at more than 1, 750. Public library, built in 1875, is the oldest library West of the Mississippi in continuous operation in the same building.

Blue rapids was born Streptozotocin pancreatic cancer drug. Bacteria, from which the drug is derived was discovered in the late 1950-ies in the soil sample, taken from "uncultivated sandy soil in a grassland region" at Blue rapids.

Blue rapids claims that the smallest town in the USA was the national baseball League. On October 24, 1913, more than 3.000 fans watched the Chicago white SOx and new York giants in the world exhibition tour on the local field the ball, which is still used today.

In 2001, blue rapids was the site of the new NOAA weather radio transmitter, KZZ67 to provide weather and emergency information from the National weather service in Topeka, Kansas to North-Central and northeast Kansas.

In may 2012, "the monument of the Glacial period" was dedicated in the town square. It features descriptions of the Ice age, continental glaciers, and the Sioux quartzite glacial erratics -the oldest rocks in Kansas. The main reason is the monument of the Glacial period is that the blue of rapids was founded in a place with abundant natural resources brought or created by the glaciers of the Ice age more than 10.000 years ago. The namesake rapids on the blue river that were harnessed to power early industries, the sand and gravel deposits used for construction and roads, and rich soils for agriculture are All here because of the glaciers of the Ice age. The monument honors this ancient geological heritage. The boulder that was deposited at frozen region of Kansas during the Pleistocene.