Wabaunsee, Kansas

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Wabaunsee, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, located at the southeast corner of Chapel and Elm Streets
Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, located at the southeast corner of Chapel and Elm Streets
KDOT map of Wabaunsee County (legend)
KDOT map of Wabaunsee County (legend)
Wabaunsee is located in Kansas
Wabaunsee is located in the US
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 39°8′46″N 96°20′46″W / 39.14611°N 96.34611°W / 39.14611; -96.34611Coordinates: 39°8′46″N 96°20′46″W / 39.14611°N 96.34611°W / 39.14611; -96.34611
Country United States
State Kansas
County Wabaunsee
Elevation 1,030 ft (314 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-03400
GNIS feature ID 476423 [1]

Wabaunsee is an unincorporated community in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. It was named for former Pottawatomi chief Wabaunsee.


Wabaunsee was founded in 1855 by a group of nearly 100 emigrants from New Haven, Connecticut. They were inspired by a sermon given by well-known abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher and Beecher gave money to help supply rifles for the men to defend themselves. The rifles were smuggled through pro-slavery areas in crates marked "Beecher's Bibles."

Wabaunsee was staunchly anti-slavery and became part of the Underground Railroad in late 1856 and helped Lawrence after Quantrill's Raid. In 1862, the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church was completed and after the Civil War Wabaunsee hoped for a railroad but it was constructed north of the river.

Wabaunsee served as the county seat until after the Civil War, when the seat was transferred to Alma.[2]

Today, the town consists of several houses and buildings including the church which is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Wabaunsee is located along Antelope Creek about a half mile south of the Kansas River. It is located in Wabaunsee Township along K-18 two miles west of K-99.


Wabaunsee is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Wabaunsee is served by USD 329 out of Alma, KS.


I-70 is about nine miles south of Wabaunsee and US-24 is three miles north in Wamego. Most of the town is situated on the south side of K-18. Streets are maintained by the local county.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 850.