Santa Fe Depot
The friendly town of Stafford is located in Stafford [SF] County
only a few miles east of St. John, the county seat.
Broadway Street is "old" US-50 and connects the two. A newer highway running
along the south edge of town now gets the through traffic.
The area is flat and sandy with some dune-like sandhills.
The AT&SF railroad runs east/west across Stafford County passing through town. The Union Pacific also has track here, once part of the Missouri-Pacific, but it is abandoned.
The town and the county were named for Captain Lewis Stafford, Co. E, 1st Kansas, who was killed at the battle of Young's Point in Louisiana.
Stafford is "The Gateway" to the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, 6 miles north and 6 miles east of Stafford. The refuge is a birdwatcher's paradise.
For further information, call
- The Nora E. Larabee Memorial Library at 108 N. Union is a memorial to the only daughter of two of the town's leading citizens. It is built of red brick, and has beautiful beveled glass windows, gargoyle rain spouts, 20-ft ornate tin ceilings, and a gorgeous stained glass window containing a portrait of Nora Larabee.
- The Sarah L. Henderson house at 518 W. Stafford is a two story neo-classical/Victorian structure built in 1905. This home is now part of a bed and breakfast and retreat/conference center complex.
- The local museum has outgrown its first building and has at least two annexes. There is a genealogical library associated with the museum.
- The old hotel now serves as the Stafford Senior Center. The lobby area doesn't seem to have changed much. The building can be rented for meetings, seminars, family or class reunions.
- The Curtis Cafe is decorated with picture puzzles. Hundreds of completed jigsaw puzzles cover the walls almost completely.
- The Ritz Theater on Main Street has been preserved and is used for occasional performances. Movies are shown two weekends a month.
Stafford Chamber of Commerce
130 S. Main / P. O. Box 24 / Stafford, KS 67578
Explore Stafford & Stafford County or visit other Kansas Cities & Towns
|Visit the Home Page for Kansas
A service of the Kansas State Library
© Copyright 1998