"Town in the middle of the US" Top 5 Page for this destination Manhattan by BruceDunning

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A fine town with ecclectic mix

A university town with more to offer than just students and bars. This is a bedroom community also and is further tied to Fort Riley, only 10 miles to the west and nearly a linked suburb. This town epitomizes the Midwest college type town, and is a wonderful place to grow up the family if a job is available.

Limestone Was the Building Material to Use

Back when the main section of the large structures were built, limestone was the choice due to access and durability over decades. The K State campus is only one a a number of buildings that are made of limestone, and they all look elegant and not deteriorating.

Layout of the town.

Located off US 70 to the north and Hwy 177 runs into town. The back way is to take over to Fort Riley on that named boulevard. The town was formed around 1850's when abolitionists came here to seek freedom for Kansas residents. It was most likely named after the big Apple of New York where investors funded the movement of these settlers to the west. Today it is called the "little Apple". in 1910, they had 7,000 people, and today is has grown to 50,000, and still expanding.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A quite but flexible town for the family and students
  • Cons:Do not show up during game time
  • In a nutshell:This has a little of everything for everybody in town.
  • Last visit to Manhattan: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    We love college towns, but didn't know much about Manhattan. Thanks for the quick tour and info.

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    I lived near the Stagg Hill Golf Course when I was stationed at Fort Riley. Thanks for the good page!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    What a delight to be the first to read your Manhattan pages. I was quite enlightened by the Riley Cavalry Museum and the Custer Home. I also really enjoyed info about the wind turbines. Great job.


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