Canton is located north of Highway KS-56 and has a population of 627 (2019). McPherson is 20 minutes away, and both Hutchinson and Salina are under 50 minutes from town. Canton offers a small town community with access to a variety of local attractions including the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, McPherson Water Park and the Kansas Cosmosphere Space Center.
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Local students attend school in the Canton-Galva Unified School District 419 where total enrollment is 418 (2015). Students can participate in many activities including FBLA, Scholar’s Bowl and TSA. Find homes in Canton by school district.
Early pioneers heading west, no doubt some following the Santa Fe Trail, staked claim to property that eventually became known as the city of Canton. Squire Holmes, who came to the area from Canton, OH, named the township and later the city—Canton—because he loved the name.
After the Santa Fe Railroad was completed and the village had grown to over 300 inhabitants, it was declared and incorporated as a city of the third class on July 16, 1880. In the newly organized city, the first to engage in business was W.H. George, M.D., who erected a building to be used as a drug store and office.
John Murphy established the first grocery in town followed by general merchandise stores, clothing stores, blacksmith shops and other necessary suppliers. The first hotel was the old Perine house located on the present site of the Christian Church. In 1880, the first newspaper was founded in Canton by Amos Baurn and was called the Canton Monitor. Women began taking an active part in government in 1890 when Mrs. Belle Gray was elected mayor of the city. Thinking about moving here? Browse the newest real estate listings in Canton, KS.
Canton is home to the Canton United Methodist Church, Canton First Christian Church and First Baptist Church. Surrounding towns like Salina, McPherson and Hutchinson offer many local attractions:
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