Derby is a place for families, retirees, young professionals, and visitors. Residents enjoy more than 25 miles of hike and bike paths, top-notch recreational opportunities, quality education, and a family-friendly environment.
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There are nine elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in the USD 260 school district.
Just east of I-35, Derby is only 20 minutes from Downtown Wichita for an easy commute to work. It has 25 miles of hiking and biking paths. Browse the newest real estate listings in Derby, KS.
In the early spring of 1869, the Alexander Garrett family brought their covered wagon to a stop on the bank of Spring Creek after a long journey from Ohio. They took out a claim and later built a sod house, and that’s where the city known today as Derby began. The city was formed by Hart Minnich and John Hufbauer when they filed a plat on July 11, 1871. Hufbauer was originally from an area near El Paso, IL and decided the new city should bear the name El Paso.
By 1880, the railroad had pushed farther south, and the mail for El Paso, KS. and El Paso, TX was constantly mixed up. To ease this problem, the railroad depot was named Derby, after one of the railroad officials, C.F. Derby. Gradually, residents began to call the town Derby. When the town of about 300 was formally incorporated on June 1, 1903 as a city of the third class with a mayor-council form of government by the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners, it was still named El Paso. It was not until 1956 that the name was officially changed from El Paso to Derby.
The first city building in Derby was constructed in the 1880s. When a new building was built in 1966 on Baltimore Avenue, the original structure was moved to the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita for historic preservation. In 1990, a new city hall and library building opened on east Madison Avenue at Mulberry Street. In 2001, a new city hall opened north of the library, and the old city hall was converted into a senior center.
Derby is home to many parks for the family to enjoy. Spend your day outside at the Rock River Rapids Waterpark. This is a full service Aquatic Park with concessions, lockers (provide your own lock), a bathhouse and gift counter. There are numerous areas at the park liberally equipped with lounge chairs for relaxing. The park is staffed with supervisors and an officer from the Derby Police Department to ensure you have a comfortable and safe stay at the Park.
If farmers markets are more your style, check out the Derby Farmers Market. Fresh seasonal produce, locally made products, and handmade crafts are among the many offerings available. Early seasonal produce includes cauliflower, kale, broccoli, spinach, radishes, green onions, beets, swiss chard, cucumbers, turnips, squash, asparagus and lettuce.
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