"Manhattan, Kansas - The Little Apple" Top 5 Page for this destination Manhattan by AcornMan

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Long before the first white settlers came, a large Kaw Indian village stood near the mouth of the Big Blue River on the present site of Manhattan. Originally named Boston, the town was settled in 1855 by New England freestaters when their steamship Hartford ran aground near the confluence of the Blue and Kansas Rivers. The name of the town was changed in honor of Manhattan, New York, where some major investors sponsoring the trip lived. Manhattan, Kansas, officially nicknamed "The Little Apple", has evolved into a dynamic and progressive community of nearly 40,000 permanent residents.

The image of Kansas as a monotonous flat, agricultural plain does not apply here. The area is accurately characterized by lush bluestem pastures, expansive lakes, rugged limestone and oak farmsteads, breathtaking vistas, and secluded, oak and cedar wooded valleys. Additionally, the adjoining Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, an 8,616 acre undisturbed tract of land representing the last large preserve of native tallgrass prairie in the United States, is a site of exceptional visual splendor.

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  • Apr 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Extra fine place! Consistantly good food, great service, and a nice atmosphere. Get there early to get a window seat.

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    Aug 2, 2004 at 7:19 PM

    Outstanding introduction with plenty of information and written with enthusiasm. Enjoyed reading about the restaurants, which seem perfect for a college town. Great write-up about Kansas State football.

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    Jun 27, 2004 at 9:46 PM

    My daughter just graduated from K-State. You picked 2 of her favorite places to eat, too.

  • Apr 28, 2004 at 1:18 PM

    The Konza Prairie is really beautiful...go Cats! ;)

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