Goessel is home to 639 (2019) residents, and offers a great education for students and a small community atmosphere. The surrounding area offers many attractions including the Heritage Mennonite Church Museum, Kansas Cosmosphere Space Center and the Sedgwick County Zoo. Start shopping for Goessel, KS real estate for sale.
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Local students attend school in the Goessel Unified School District 411. Total enrollment for USD 411 as of 2015 is 267. Students can participate in a variety of activities including FFA, FCCLA and Scholar’s Bowl. Find homes in Goessel by school district.
Goessel is located west of Highway KS-15. McPherson is 30 minutes away, downtown Wichita is less than 45 minutes away, and Newton is a quick 20 minute commute. Browse the newest real estate listings in Goessel, KS.
The area where the present-day Goessel is located was not originally named Goessel. In 1874, a large migration of German Mennonites from Russia settled in Central Kansas. Those in this area settled in a pattern of villages similar to their native land. The settlement—now named Goessel—was first a village called Gnadenfeld. However, it was years before a trading center developed. The Mennonite Brethren congregation built a church in 1890—the first public structure there. One of the first businesses—a creamery station—opened around 1890, and a blacksmith shop opened in 1894.
The downtown business district has continued to develop over the years with different stores, small restaurants and business establishments. Some that have been more notable were the Franz store, (operating until the 1940's), the Klassen Mill (1906-1919), several service stations, car dealers, garages, banks and Crossroads Cooperative. In operation today are Goessel Grocery & Deli and The Goessel Station.
Goessel is home to two churches—the Goessel Mennonite Church and Chisolm Trail Bible Church. Surrounding towns like Hutchinson and Wichita offer many attractions including the Kansas Cosmosphere Space Center and Sedgwick County Zoo.
The Heritage Mennonite Church Museum is a living tribute to the people who settled in what is now the Goessel community. It tells the story of Low-German Mennonite families who left the steppes of Russia for religious freedom in 1874 and chose the Kansas prairie for their new home. Dedicated in 1974, the Museum complex was established to preserve the memory of ancestors and the artifacts from early households, farms, schools, churches and the hospital in the Mennonite community.
The Sedgwick County Zoo—located in Northwest Wichita—was established by the volunteer efforts of civic-minded citizens who formed the Sedgwick County Zoological Society in 1963, many years before the Zoo would take shape. When the American and Asian farms opened as the only exhibits in 1971, families were pleased, but they had little idea of the great things that were in store. Now gorillas, penguins and tigers inspire more than 500,000 guests annually. Enjoy the array of exhibits year-round!
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