Wakarusa, Shawnee County

Title

Wakarusa, Shawnee County

Subject

The Rise and Decline of Wakarusa: Shawnee County

Description

The history of Wakarusa, a town in Shawnee County, Kansas, located about eleven miles south of Topeka, dates back to the 1850s. Its name originates from the Wakarusa River valley, land that was originally inhabited by the Pottawatomie Indians. The name "Wakarusa" was supposedly derived from an American Indian folk tale about a chief who crossed the river by horse and exclaimed to his followers, "Wa-ka-ru-sa," meaning "hip-deep" or "river of big weeds."

Creator

Dillon Simmons

Publisher

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Date

Fall 2011

Rights

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Relation

Kansas State University, Department of History

Format

pdf

Geolocation

Citation

Dillon Simmons, “Wakarusa, Shawnee County,” Lost Kansas Communities, accessed November 22, 2019, https://lostkscommunities.omeka.net/items/show/71.