Packed with big city conveniences in a metropolitan atmosphere, Hutchinson is the best of both worlds. There is the vibrancy of a city determined to thrive and progress, yet without the big city problems. Hutchinson boasts a reasonable cost of living, beautiful scenery, friendly people and gets high marks for its lifestyle and quality of living. It's a mecca for creative talented people pursuing challenging careers. Simply, it’s diverse, innovative, and the community you should call home.
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Highway KS-61 runs through Northeast-Hutchinson, making for easy commutes. This community is home to an Amtrak station as well as the Hutchinson Municipal Airport. Browse the newest real estate listings in Hutchinson, KS.
Clinton Carter (C.C.) Hutchinson was an Indian Agent working for the Federal Government and in November 1871, he contracted with the Santa Fe Railroad to create a town at the Arkansas River/Cow Creek crossing point. On January 1, 1872 Reno County was organized with Hutchinson as its lead city. The railroads played a significant role in the development of some of the smaller towns within the county. The arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad established Hutchinson, Partridge, Abbyville, Plevna and Sylvia, and the Rock Island and Frisco Railroads led to the establishment of some towns that later failed.
Hutchinson was initially known as Temperance City because alcohol was strictly prohibited for five years after its founding. Anyone caught selling or distributing alcohol was forced to relinquish the deed to his land. In addition, cattle drives through town were not allowed to prevent it from becoming a rowdy cowtown like Wichita and Dodge City.
By the summer of 1874 there were 1,500 residents and just when activity was really picking up, a grasshopper raid occurred that destroyed all of the vegetation and left the farmers destitute. A series of good crop years followed and in order to expand growth, the State Reformatory was secured. This was followed by the discovery of salt by Ben Blanchard—the founder of South Hutchinson—in 1887. The salt business quickly became a large and lucrative industry.
By 1910, development had been rapid and Hutchinson had 16,000 residents. Houston Whiteside wrote: “There is no more prosperous region in the United States than Reno County and the wheat and stock belt tributary to the city of Hutchinson.“
Hutchinson is full of interesting attractions and events. Residents enjoy a variety of entertainment options, restaurants, shopping, and historical attractions. Hutchinson offers many restaurants—several new ones include Buffalo Wild Wings, Pie Five, Panda Express and Five Guys Burgers & Fries. The community is home to several churches including Faith United Methodist Church, Father’s House Church and Grace Bible Church. Sandhills State Park offers a great place to spend the day outside. Below are some of our local favorites.
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