"No One Comes to Visit" Yates Center by mrclay2000

Yates Center Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 16 photos

Only a Stop on Your Way to Somewhere Else

Yates Center historically is well known for its homogeneous town square. Today it is the county seat for Woodson County, Kansas (504 sq miles). Having a county population barely above 4,000, the math dictates that Yates Center (pop. 1,600) is no longer a commercial or historical colossus. The only lures to town are the remote possibility of having relatives among its 1,600, or traveling the federal highway through town and somehow becoming seduced by the advertisement for its "historic town square." The fact that the county courthouse and its entourage lie less than a mile from the highway is an easy argument in its favor, and that all four of Woodson County's listings on the National Register of Historic Places lie within Yates Center adds a simple excuse to visit this sleepy and forgotten hamlet.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:All points of interest located in one easy perimeter
  • Cons:Uttering the townname makes one twinge in embarrassment
  • In a nutshell:So easy to see it's impossible to miss
  • Last visit to Yates Center: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • May 23, 2006 at 8:06 PM

    My greatgrandmother bought her house in Yates Center in the early 30's and our family still owns that same house today. Yates Center's houses as well as the towns buildings are all built beautifully!

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    Dec 14, 2003 at 2:24 PM

    Yates Center town square looks like some dusty Movie Studio backlot! Just perfect!!

  • Nov 2, 2003 at 11:40 AM

    another of the many sleepy/comatose gems in Kansas threatening to crumble into dust and blow away in the south wind...

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    Oct 25, 2003 at 9:55 AM

    Hail to the sleepy hamlets. The architecture is first rate. The town's forefathers knew how to build an enticing square.


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