Rose Hill has a population of more than 4,000 and is growing. The community has a plethora of attractions, parks, and education options to keep residents busy. In addition, Rose Hill is less than 30 minutes from downtown Wichita and all of the local attractions it has to offer.
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Rose Hill USD 394 is a 4A district with over 1,800 students. The district is comprised of a primary school, intermediate school, middle school and a high school. Rose Hill High School offers a variety of activities including FBLA, TSA and Rocket Green Club. Find homes in Rose Hill by school district.
The city of Rose Hill was named by an ambitious young bachelor, Mr. J.H. Lowery and has been in four locations. In 1869, Mr. Lowery settled about one mile south and one-quarter mile east of the present elementary school. The government gave the railroad company a strip on either side of their track if they would build from St. Louis to the west coast. Young men were urged to “go West Young Man Go West”. Advertisements said, “Kansas is the right latitude for the farmer to make money. Kansas offers people exactly what they are looking for. The winters are short, dry and invigorating.”
With such promise, Mr. Lowery planted roses, shrubs and trees on both sides of the two lanes that led to his house. He was from Rose Hill, NY, and planned to get his nursery stock and seeds from his parents to sell to the settlers. The law at that time required farmers to plant fruit and wood bearing trees. Mr. Lowery asked the government for a post office in his home. He had not anticipated blizzards, drought, and finally grasshoppers. His stock was ruined. Mr. Lowery persuaded Levi Williams to put the post office in his home, which was located one mile east of the original. After five cruel years in Rose Hill, KS, Mr. Lowery returned to New York in 1874.
Another settlement grew one mile east of our present town. The post office was once again moved to Mr. Staley’s store between the late 1870’s and 1880’s. The railroad was built in 1889. The citizens of Rose Hill moved their buildings to the present location after the depot was built in 1892.
Rose Hill is centrally located between Highway 77 and Interstate I-35. Downtown Wichita and Augusta are both less than 30 minutes away and Derby is under 15 minutes from town. Needless to say, no matter where you are going, Rose Hill provides a short commute. Browse the newest real estate listings in Rose Hill, KS.
We take pride in our state-of-the-art academic and athletic facilities. Post-secondary educational opportunities are enhanced by the Health Science Academy at the Butler Community College - Rose Hill site. Small plane enthusiasts will find easy, all-paved access to Cook Airfield two miles west of our community. Many fine parks, which include a new 9-acre pond/community fishery in our School Street Park, provide healthy recreation for the entire family.
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