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Hiawatha is a small town located in Brown County, Kansas. Its the county seat and largest city in Brown County with a population of approximately 3,200 residents. The town of Hiawatha sits among the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, situated between the city of Kickapoo and the Sac & Fox Indian Reservations. It is named after the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called The Song of Hiawatha. The town is also nicknamed the City of Beautiful Maples due to the countless maple trees that line the streets and produce magnificent colors in the fall. Hiawatha is also known for having the oldest Halloween parade in the U.S., starting in 1914. The main street, Oregon Street, runs east-west and was named for the Oregon Trail. East-west streets north of Oregon are named for Indian tribes that lived north of the Oregon Trail and streets south for tribes south of the trail. On the courthouse square, the ornate Old Town Clock has stood beside Oregon Street since 1891. The town also has many beautiful older homes and a lovely park at the city lake, located just south of town. The lake is surrounded by maple trees and is home to many geese and other wildlife. On the south side of the lake is a playground and on the north side is a sand volleyball court and more playground equipment. Hiawatha is also home to the Davis Memorial, completed in 1934 by John Milburn Davis in honor of his wife, Sarah. The memorial is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Surrounding areas: Holton, Kansas (28.4 mi), Valley Falls, Kansas (35.4 mi)

Hiawatha Vacation Rentals

Hiawatha Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hiawatha Heart Restaurant And InnHwy 36 & 73Hiawatha, KS (785) 742-7401
Super 8 Motel109 W 8th StMound City, MO25.1 mi.(660) 442-4000
Super 8 - Holton300 S ArizonaHolton, KS29.3 mi.(785) 364-1988
Americinn Lodge And Suites500 Us Hwy 73Atchison, KS29.8 mi.(913) 367-4000
Comfort Inn502 S 9THAtchison, KS29.8 mi.(913) 367-7666

Hiawatha Weather & Climate

The Northeast corner of Kansas has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Temperatures range from an average of low of about 20 degrees in January to an average high of nearly 93 degrees in July. The first fall freeze typically occurs between the second week of October and mid-November, and the last spring freeze occurs between the end of March and the final week of April. The area receives over 30 inches of precipitation in an average year, with the most occurring in May and June. Winter snowfall averages almost 17 inches but the median is less than 8 inches per year. The area is vulnerable to severe weather, with frequent thunderstorms in spring and summer. These thunderstorms may produce large hail and tornadoes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 16°F 0.99 in. -
February 44°F 21°F 1.17 in. -
March 56°F 31°F 2.48 in. -
April 67°F 42°F 3.66 in. -
May 76°F 52°F 4.90 in. -
June 85°F 62°F 4.15 in. -
July 90°F 66°F 4.42 in. -
August 89°F 64°F 3.81 in. -
September 81°F 56°F 4.41 in. -
October 70°F 44°F 2.75 in. -
November 52°F 31°F 2.45 in. -
December 40°F 20°F 1.26 in. -

Hiawatha Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Rosecrans Memorial airport (STJ) located about 33 miles east of Hiawatha in St. Joseph, Missouri, the Kansas City International airport (MCI) located approximately 58 miles southeast of Hiawatha in Kansas City, Missouri, the Lawrence Municipal airport (LWC) located roughly 60 miles south of Hiawatha in Lawrence, Kansas, and finally Forbes Field (FOE) located around 62 miles south of Hiawatha in Topeka, Kansas.

Hiawatha Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Worlds of FunKansas CityMO72.9 mi.
JeepersOlatheKS77.3 mi.
Water Parks
Oceans of FunKansas CityMO72.9 mi.
Golfland-Sunsplash ParkOlatheKS77.3 mi.
Jacomo Lake Water SlideBlue SpringsMO88.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Hiawatha Country ClubHiawathaKS 
Lakeview Country ClubCherryvaleKS11.8 mi.
Horton Lakeview Country ClubHortonKS13.3 mi.
Mound City Golf ClubMound CityMO25.1 mi.
Seneca Golf ClubSenecaKS27.9 mi.
Holton Country ClubHoltonKS29.0 mi.
Bellevue Country ClubAtchisonKS29.9 mi.
Pineview Country ClubAtchisonKS29.9 mi.
State Parks
Brown County State ParkKS8.8 mi. 
Big Lake State ParkMO18.8 mi. 
Atchison County State ParkKS24.8 mi. 
Nemaha County State ParkKS26.5 mi. 
Indian Cave State ParkNE27.5 mi. 
Lewis and Clark State ParkMO34.1 mi. 
Native American Heritage Museum State Historic SiteHighlandKS14.1 mi.(History)
Kansas Museum of HistoryTopekaKS56.1 mi.(History)
Constitution Hall State Historic SiteLecomptonKS56.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS56.1 mi.
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS72.0 mi.
Kansas City Zoological GardensKansas CityMO72.9 mi.
Folsom Children's Zoo & Botanical GardenLincolnNE88.5 mi.
Omaha's Henry Doorly ZooOmahaNE99.4 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS105.9 mi.

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