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Clay County is home to numerous small communities, each with its own charm. Use the navigation on the right or check out the articles below to find out more:

Clay Center

Clay Center

Clay Center is the county seat of Clay County. It is located at the junction of US-24 and K-15, an intersection where you'll find a beautiful natural geese sculpture, “The Spirit of the Wild Things.” Clay Center is the heart of the community and features cultural events, an arts council, Public Library, a City Zoo, City Parks, Public Utilities Department, a beautiful golf course, a municipal airport, retail and specialty stores. You’ll find excitement at the Clay County Fairgrounds, where Jayhusker Racing, Inc. races are held. Keep reading...

Clifton

Clifton

In 1859, the town of Clifton was established in Clay County. Today, Clifton contains a number of churches, a good newspaper and school, a bank, and other stores in the community. Clifton is located on the northern edge of the Republican River Valley, and has the unique distinction of being in two counties. Highway 9, Clifton's main street, divides the city; half lies in Washington County to the north and the other half in Clay County to the south. Keep reading...

Green

Green

Green, Kansas is a quaint little community nestled in the hills of northeastern Clay County. Green got its name when in 1868. Kansas Governor Nehemiah Green, a staunch Methodist, took office when Governor Samuel Crawford left to become the colonel of a Kansas regiment organized to fight the Indians. Governor Green offered to buy a bell for the first Methodist Church to be established in a town named “Green.” The people of Green took the challenge and the governor made good on his promise. Today, this very same bell calls the people of Green to worship each Sunday. Keep reading...

Longford

Longford

Longford sits among the rolling hills of southwest Clay County. Established in 1875 along a Santa Fe railroad spur to the cowtown of Abilene, Kansas, it has been a vital part of history ever since. It now boasts of the purest water in Kansas (a real treat for anyone who hasn’t tasted it), a talented local artist, and some of the best food served at the regionally known Coachlight Resturant. Add to all this a great school, a thriving business district, and a welcoming place to worship, and you’ve got a terrific place to live or visit. So if you’re planning an outing or looking for a great place to live, make sure Longford is on your itinerary. Keep reading...

Morganville

Morganville

Morganville was the smallest town ever to be part of the international "Sister City" program. In 1948, the town adopted the community of Feves, France. The story of their project was broadcast on Elmore M. McGee's award-winning NBC program "The People Act" during Christmas, 1953. A hand-carved picture sent by the people of Feves to the people of Morganville as a thank you for the help they had given the French community is in the Morganville cafe. Keep reading...

Oak Hill

Oak Hill

The city of Oak Hill, established in 1866, was originally a settlement in Oakland Township. A small store was opened in the house of a settler. He named the store Oak Hill. This settler was also the first postmaster of Oak Hill. The Santa Fe railroad was built in 1887. During the railroad days, Oak Hill serviced a freight, cattle and passenger train. Oak Hill was incorporated in 1925 and has a Mayor-Council form of government. A new city hall was built in 2002. Located nearby is Harder Park with picnic facilities and playground equipment. Keep reading...

Vining

Vining

Vining, or West Clifton, was laid out in the fall of 1877 by Amanda and Winslow Haynes and Oliver Cooper. Amanda Haynes was the widow of John G. Haynes, who was the proprietor of the third Clifton town site. She laid out West Clifton in 48 blocks of both sides of the Clay-Washington county line. Keep reading...

Wakefield

Wakefield

The first actual settler on the site of Wakefield was James Gilbert who came in 1858. The town site for Wakefield was selected and laid out by Rev. Richard Wake, John Wormald, Alexander Maitland and Col. Loomis on Aug. 26, 1869. The colonel named the town Wakefield, partly in honor of Rev. Richard Wake and partly because Wakefield, England was the former home of John Wormald. Keep reading...

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