Cloud, Kansas - Page 2
Though the population
had dropped dramatically with the coming of the railroad,
in 1910, still supported two banks, a weekly newspaper, and an opera
house, as well as several other businesses. Stages ran daily to
However, there were only 735 residents.
early 1900’s, a ten year-old boy, impressed by a traveling
missionary’s sermon about lepers, decided to raise money to help a boy
suffering from the disease. Raising a pig named Pete, Wilbur
Chapman, sold the pig, donating the $25.00 from the sale to the boy
with leprosy. His compassion caught the imagination of the public and
started the "Pig Bank Movement” to help lepers and the name "piggy
bank” was coined. A plaque commemorating the boy and the idea of
the "piggy bank” is mounted on the Community Christian Church on Main
today is known for its many historic buildings, in fact the entire
downtown district has been placed on the National Register of Historic
Places. One poignant reminder of White
heyday is the Poulet Mansion, where you can still see the elegant design
and intricate details of this beautiful building. However, this building,
as well as several others, are slowly falling into disrepair.
White Cloud Overlook, viewing the Missouri River, Missouri and Iowa,
by Dave Alexander, 2014.
Image available for photo prints & editorial downloads
evident industry in
is a grain elevator, where grain is still shipped downriver on barges to
Kansas City and
St. Louis. There are no open retail businesses, but the bank and
the post office hang on.
is not quite a "ghost,”
as the population has maintained at about 175 for the last decade. However, it is easy to see that its prime is long past, as evidenced by
the abandoned stores on Main Street and the "closed” signs hanging in the
windows. Still, this quiet little town, seemingly unaffected by the
passing of time, is a lovely place to visit and get away from the hassles
of the city.
two weekends each year,
one in early May, the
other in late August, the streets of
are again busy. The small, near
town, is overwhelmed by visitors to the famous
Flea market, which has been named one of the "10 best flea markets in
the Nation" by
a few days, the old main street again is crowded with traders and
customers, only to return the next day to a sleepy little village,
with nothing more than a few bits of trash blowing down the empty
Iowa Tribe of
Nebraska retains the rights to 2,100 acres of reservation, which
Nebraska. The tribal headquarters are located just west of
White Cloud. The tribe has engaged in gaming operations with the opening
of a casino in 1998.
and fishing are abundant in the area, but much of the surrounding land
is on the reservation and visitors should check with the tribe for
permission and regulations.
nearby town of Highland,
is the Native American Heritage Museum, which exhibits information and
items of the Iowa Tribe. Housed in the old Iowa, Sac and Fox
Mission building, the Museum is operated by the
State Historical Society.
In early 2003, the
Kansas Department of Transportation designated Highway K-7 from
Leavenworth to the
border as the
Hills Scenic Byway.
is one of four communities along the byway.
Ioway Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
Route 1, Box 58A
Native American Heritage Museum
Chamber of Commerce
White Cloud Flea Market is held
two weekends each year,
weekend that includes the 1st Sunday in May, and the weekend that includes
the 1st Sunday in September. Check their Facebook page for more
Directions to White Cloud:
From the junction of
Highways K-7 and US-36, take K-7 North to White Cloud