City of Argonia

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Welcome to Our City!

The City of Argonia in Argonia, Kansas is located near the scenic banks of the Chikaskia River and along the BNSF railroad in western Sumner County. Argonia boasts a rich history amid modern urbanization.


Some interesting facts about Argonia: 

  • We are the home of America's first female mayor Susanna Madora Salter.
  • Argonia is the only town with this name in the world.
  • The first child born in the town was Francis Argonia Salter on February 13, 1883.
  • The airplane Argonia flew into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It was a C-47, piloted by Argonian Charles Young.
  • The first group of Flying Farmers was organized here.

History

Argonia was founded in 1881 and incorporated in 1885. A young lawyer from Wellington Alfred E. Parker proposed the town’s name after the Argonauts, a group of heroes in Greek mythology whose mission is to find the legendary Golden Fleece.


The construction of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1879 contributed to the growth of Argonia, both in terms of population and commerce. A Town Company was organized, and lots in the business section of town were given to all who would build to a value of $100 upon them. Lots were also given to residents at first.


From mills to grocery stores, many other businesses had opened their doors. Argonia also boasted a dressmaker, a blacksmith, an auctioneer, and a grain dealer. A restaurant also opened about this time. Wooden sidewalks were built in front of the stores, and several businessmen put up awnings.


More people settled between 1885 and 1886 after the Missouri Pacific built tracks through the town, bringing the town population to approximately 800 by 1886. Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Salter were among those who came during this period. Susanna Madora Salter would later become the first woman to win a political seat in the US.


The people of Argonia built a depot and donated its use to the railroad. They borrowed money in their own names and built a mill. Unfortunately, the mill was burned down before the machinery was placed inside. It was replaced by a school which was used for classes, religious services, and other community events.

Salter House Museum

In 1933, the Woman's Kansas Day Club unveiled a bronze plaque in honor of the first female mayor of the US Mrs. Salter was the guest of honor for the ceremony. The plaque was mounted and placed in front of the old township hall. Later, it was moved and placed in front of the museum named after her and her husband.


The Salter House Museum is located at the corner of Osage and Garfield in Argonia. It is open to the public by appointment. Contact Scott Figg at 308-631-4693 or 620-435-6806 or Joan Hemberger at 620-435-6590 for more information.


An admission fee of $5.00 per head is required for teens and adults, and $3.00 each for children aged 7-12. Children aged 6 and below can come in for free. The museum does not accept credit or debit cards. We do accept your payment in cash or in check.

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