Chase County Historical Society Museum – Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
This museum features local historical artifacts, displays of the crash of the airplane carrying Knute Rockne. It also features memorabilia of the E. C. Roberts family of Strong City, founders of the famous Flint Hills Rodeo. The building housing the museum was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 9, 1977. the two-story building, constructed of native limestone, was built in 1882.
The building was originally used as the Chase County National Bank which continued in business until 1928. The building was used by several businesses in the years following. In 1976 it was purchased by the Chase County Historical Society for use as a museum, library and office. There are two floors of exhibits.
On March 31, 1931, the plane carrying famous football coach Knute Rockne and H.A. Christen, J.H. Happer, W.B. Miller, Charles A. Robrecht, Spencer G. Goldthwaite, Robert Frye and Jess Mathias, crashed near Bazaar in Chase County. losing all lives. There is a display of artifacts and original pictures from the crash site.
The Historical Society Library contains a copier, a reader, a reader-printer, and has microfilm of all newspapers that have been published in Chase County. These are for your use. Volumes 1, 11 , III, IV of Chase County Historical Sketches contain history of Chase County families and the account of some of the events that took place in the formation of the county. These volumes are available for study or to purchase. We also have listings of all the cemeteries in the county, and marriage licenses dating back to 1860, for your use, obituaries, genealogy and research materials, many photos, etc.
Location: 301 Broadway, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845