Blue Rapids,  Kansas

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Founded: 1869
Population: 1088   (2000)
Elevation: 1150 feet
Latitude: 39 40' 30" N
Longitude: 96 38' 10" W
School District: USD 498 - Valley Heights
ZIP code: 66411
Area Code: 785

The only Blue Rapids in America

Description

Blue Rapids is located in southwest Marshall, [MS], county at the junction of the Little Blue River and the Big Blue River. Located on Highway US 77/K-9, Blue Rapids is 46 mi. north of Manhattan, KS, and 93 mi. south of Lincoln, NE.

Official Web Site for the City of Blue Rapids

NWS Coop Observer Preciptation Data for Blue Rapids

NWS Daily Precipitation for NE Kansas

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Blue Rapids Historical Society and Museum

Blue Rapids Historical Society Blog & Newsletter

ICE AGE MONUMENT

Blue Rapids Free Press (print or online)

Blue Rapids Volunteer Fire Department

 

History

The Blue Rapids Town Company was formed in 1870. By the end of that year the population was about 250. In 1872 Blue Rapids was incorporated as a city of 3rd class under the statutes of Kansas. Blue Rapids has an interesting history including the mining of gypsum. Georgia-Pacific Corporation operates a gypsum mine and processing plant and is a major employer in Blue Rapids.

Special Events

July 4th Celebration / Fire Dept. BBQ, and Fireworks Display

Marshall County Fair

Lighted Tractor Parade - December
           Soup Supper from 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Community Center

Points of Interest

Alcove Spring   6.5 mi. north of Blue Rapids

Site of Historic Baseball Game Chicago White Sox vs. New York Giants

Historic Library on the National Register of Historic Buildings

Marshall County Railroad Historical Society

Holm Log Cabin - Built in 1874-76 by Swedish emigrants - moved to the Public Square in 1996

War Veterans' Memorial on display in Fountain Park on the Public Square

Historic Memorabilia on display in the Community Center

Georgia-Pacific, G-P Gypsum Mine & Industrial Plaster Processing Plant

Historic Gypsum Industry Mural

Government and Municipal Services

Blue Rapids is governed by an elected mayor and 5 elected City Council members. The city office is located in the community center on the public square. Phone: 785-363-7736

Two full time Police officers - 911 or 785-363-7971

Volunteer City and Rural Fire Department - 911

City Shop - 785-363-7623

Recreation

Riverside Park offers picnic and playground facilities. The public swimming pool, baseball fields, a roquet court, and an outdoor basketball court are also located at the park.

The Chamber of Commerce maintains an RV parking area at Riverside Park. The RV park has electrical services, water, and a dump station. Pet boarding is available at Prairie Valley Vet Clinic.

Tennis Courts are located at 5th and East Avenue. Elementary school playground equipment is at the same location.

Swimming Pool - Located at Riverside Park. Phone: 363-7733

Waterville Golf Course - Located on Highway 77 four miles west of town.

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Blue Rapids Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 253
Blue Rapids, KS 66411
(785) 363-7991
mailto:bluerapidschamberofcommerce@yahoo.com

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