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Kanopolis is a small town of approximately 550 located in Ellsworth County in central Kansas. The town is built on the site of Fort Harker, a United States Army base that housed infantry and cavalry troops in the Indian Wars from 1867 to 1872. After Fort Harker closed, the new town was given the name of Kanopolis because it was envisioned as the Central Metropolis of the state and was suppose to become its capital. However, eventually most of the population migrated to the nearby town of Ellsworth. Even though the town didnt reach the population that early city planners had hoped for, the town survived and prospered through the years. Kanopolis is host to the annual Fort Harker Days in July and the St. Ignatius Fiesta over Labor Day weekend. The Fort Harker Museum Complex is also located in Kanopolis. Besides the native stone guardhouse there remains three other fort buildings: the Jr. Officers quarters and the Commanding Officers quarters, which are maintained by the historical society and open to the public. The third building, another Jr. Officers quarters, is a private residence. All Fort Harker buildings were built in 1867.

Surrounding areas: Marquette, Kansas (20.5 mi), Sylvan Grove, Kansas (24.2 mi), Salina, Kansas (30.7 mi)

Kanopolis Vacation Rentals

Kanopolis Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Inn1400 N Hwy 156Ellsworth, KS4.0 mi.(785) 472-3116
Inn 4 Less Lyons817 W MainLyons, KS25.3 mi.(620) 257-5185
Quality Inn & Suites2110 W Crawford AveSalina, KS28.9 mi.(785) 825-2111
Best Western Heart Of America Inn632 Westport BlvdSalina, KS29.1 mi.(785) 827-9315
Comfort Inn1820 W Crawford StSalina, KS29.2 mi.(785) 826-1711
Fairfield Inn Salina1740 W CrawfordSalina, KS29.3 mi.(785) 823-6900
Holiday Inn Of Salina1616 W CrawfordSalina, KS29.4 mi.(785) 823-1739
Super 8 Motel1640 W Crawford StSalina, KS29.4 mi.(785) 823-9215
Hampton Inn401 W Schilling RdSalina, KS29.6 mi.(785) 823-9800
Candlewood Suites2650 Planet AveSalina, KS29.8 mi.(888) 226-3639
Country Inn & Suites2760 S 9th StSalina, KS29.8 mi.(785) 827-1271
Howard Johnson Motel2403 S 9THSalina, KS29.9 mi.(785) 827-5511
Bed & Breakfast
Swedish Country Inn112 W LincolnLindsborg, KS27.6 mi.(785) 227-2985

Kanopolis Weather & Climate

Central Kansas has a humid continental climate. Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low of 15 degrees F. in January to an average high of nearly 93 degrees F. in July. The temperature falls below the freezing point an average of 188 days per year. Typically the first fall freeze occurs between the last week of September and the end of October, and the last spring freeze occurs between the first week of April and early May. The area receives 35 inches of precipitation per year, with the most in May and June. Snow depth of at least one inch occurs an average of 20 days per year. Severe weather is possible, in the form of thunderstorms and tornadoes. Thunderstorms may produce large hail and lightening.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 13°F 0.72 in. -
February 45°F 18°F 0.86 in. -
March 55°F 27°F 2.46 in. -
April 65°F 38°F 2.49 in. -
May 74°F 51°F 5.11 in. -
June 85°F 61°F 3.46 in. -
July 91°F 66°F 3.58 in. -
August 89°F 64°F 3.36 in. -
September 80°F 54°F 2.61 in. -
October 69°F 40°F 2.31 in. -
November 53°F 26°F 1.25 in. -
December 42°F 17°F 0.80 in. -

Kanopolis Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Salina Municipal airport (SLN) located about 27 miles east of Kanopolis in Salina, Kansas, the Great Bend Municipal airport (GBD) located approximately 45 miles southwest of Kanopolis in Great Bend, Kansas, the Hutchinson Municipal airport (HUT) located roughly 47 miles south of Kanopolis in Hutchinson, Kansas, and finally the Newton City County airport (EWK) located around 65 miles southeast of Kanopolis in Newton, Kansas.

Kanopolis Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JoylandWichitaKS83.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Ellsworth Golf Municipal CourseEllsworthKS3.6 mi.
Geneseo Golf CourseGeneseoKS13.9 mi.
Claflin Golf ClubClaflinKS24.1 mi.
Lyons Town & Country ClubLyonsKS25.8 mi.
Lindsborg Golf CourseLindsborgKS28.0 mi.
State Parks
Kanopolis State ParkKS12.7 mi. 
Wilson State ParkKS23.0 mi. 
Red Barn Studio MuseumLindsborgKS27.7 mi.(History)
Birger Sandzen Memorial GalleryLindsborgKS27.7 mi.(Art)
Smoky Hill MuseumSalinaKS30.7 mi.(History)
Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center MuseumHutchinsonKS46.6 mi.(Technology)
Pawnee Rock State Historic SitePawnee RockKS54.2 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS46.6 mi.
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS83.3 mi.
Sunset Zoological ParkManhattanKS91.3 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS108.8 mi.

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