Emporia Travel Guide

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The town of Emporia was founded in 1857 by a group of men from Lawrence, KS. The town's growth is attributed to The Kansas News, a newspaper published within the first year of Emporia's founding. The Cottonwood and Neosho rivers, which run due south of the city, were also major considerations in the decision concerning Emporia's location. The town population is around 36,000. It was the home of William Allen White, editor and owner of The Emporia Gazette, the town newspaper. It is the home of Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College, the Tyson meat plant, and Dolly Madison.

Emporia, Kansas is the central point between Wichita, Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence. There is a Kansas Turnpike (I-335) connection here, and one can transfer to Highway 50 or I-135. It is a major truck and rail crossroads. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad maintains regular service here.

The Flint Hills and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve surround the Emporia area, which makes it a wonderful base for exploring the natural landscape. It is a gateway to the beautiful and unique Flint Hills!