"Highland, Kansas" Highland by basstbn

Highland Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 7 photos

The mission and the town

Highland is located in the hilly northeastern corner of Kansas near the Missouri and Nebraska borders. The town's beginnings date to 1827 and the arrival of a Presbyterian missionary named Samuel Irvin. His school took in mostly orphans from the Iowa, Sac, and Fox tribes. In retrospect, we find some of Irvin's goals to be lamentable - mainly his attempt to turn his students in "white Americans." As was the case with many missionaries in the area, he forced the Indians to abandon their customs, clothing, and languages. Irvin's motives had been pure, he cared for his charges, and a great deal of worthwhile learning did take place.

Eventually, the tribes were forced to move further away from the advance of new settlers from the east, and Samuel Irvin stayed in Highland and built the first structure, still standing (see photo), on what is now the campus of Highland Community College. One of ther mission building remains east of town and houses the Native American Heritage Museum.

Highland is still a very small town, but its citizens are warm and welcoming people who enjoy friendly neighbors, a peaceful atmosphere, and a very relaxed pace.

  • Last visit to Highland: Sep 2003
  • Intro Updated Apr 29, 2006
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