"Troy, Kansas" Troy by basstbn

Troy Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 13 photos

A Peter Toth Indian and a Geo Washburn Courthouse

Nestled among the glaciated hills of the far northeastern corner of the state of Kansas is the small community of Troy, one of the oldest towns in the state, and home to several interesting sites.

Best known of these is the Peter Wolf Toth's "Tall Oak" Indian Monument, shown here in the shadows in front of the handsome Doniphan County Courthouse. Toth was on a quest to carve a Native American in each state, and chose Troy for his Kansas location.

The Doniphan County Courthouse was designed by George Washburn, who must surely be considered the "dean" of courthouse designers in Kansas.

No Modernization Needed

I am always dismayed when I find that the elaborate designs of Victorian era buildings have been covered over, usually in the 1960s or so, by gauche "modern" facades. What could be more attractive and welcoming than classic designs like these on Troy's town square?

Abraham Lincoln Spoke Here

George Washington did not sleep here, but Abe Lincoln did speak here in 1859 while on his single visit to Kansas. Lincoln is honored by this memorial located on the town square across the street from the courthouse where he is believed to have spoken. Some historians believe the speech was given on the steps of a hotel adjacent to the site of this memorial. Knowing what I know about Lincoln, his personality drew people to him and he probably gave impromptu speeches in several locations.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting little town.
  • Cons:How can you say anything negative about a town like this? It is what it is.
  • In a nutshell:Nice stop on a day trip - best seen in autumn when the leaves have turned, or spring while the irises and hydrangeas bloom.
  • Last visit to Troy: Apr 2012
  • Intro Updated Apr 27, 2012
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2008 at 5:44 AM

    Another great small town Kansas page. The "Tall Oak" Indian monument reminds me of a similar one in my home town of Cleveland, Tennessee, near the last eastern capitol of the Cherokees.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2003 at 3:27 PM

    This Washburn-designed courthouse is identical (almost) to the Washburn-designed courthouse in Franklin County. Both excellent works, a master architect.


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