Our Communities

Baldwin City, Kansas

Baldwin City has a rich history dating back to the 1850s. The area was a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and the location for pre-civil war skirmishes between pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces. The city surrounds Baker University. Founded in 1858, the liberal arts college is the oldest four-year college in Kansas. Today Baldwin City is a community of 4,500 people with businesses and schools also serving the surrounding rural population. As a result of its close proximity to larger population centers, Baldwin City has become a “bedroom community” with many citizens commuting to Lawrence or the greater Kansas City metropolitan area for employment.

City of Baldwin City

Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce


Wellsville, Kansas

Wellsville was founded in 1870 as a stop of the newly constructed Lawrence, Leavenworth and Gulf Railroad, part of a trails to rails project connecting the Sante Fe Trail to rural parts of Kansas. During the town's development it became known as the English Bluegrass Capital of the World as its fertile farm ground was found suitable to grow Bluegrass.  It was also the hometown of world renowned artist, Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton.  At about 2,000 residents, Wellsville is the second largest town in Franklin County, and its proximity to I-35 makes it an attractive community to live in for people working in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. The town offers great recreation activities, an excellent school system and a beautiful brick main street.

City of Wellsville

Wellsville Chamber of Commerce


Lawrence, Kansas

Lawrence is the county seat of Douglas County and is situated in between Topeka, Kansas and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Lawrence is very much the traditional “college town”. The city of 90,000 is also home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. The universities contribute greatly to the city’s diversity and multi-cultural atmosphere. Education plays a large role in the local economy but Lawrence is also home to a wide array of businesses spanning across various industries.

City of Lawrence

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce


Gardner, Kansas

Gardner is a growing community that was once known as the city “Where the Trails Divide” due to its historic location during America’s westward expansion.  Gardner was founded at the crossroads for the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon/California Trail in 1857. Due to its current proximity to I-35 and the Greater Kansas City area, Gardner’s burgeoning population is nearly 22,000. Gardner is a special place where small town values co-mingle with modern growth and development.

City of Gardner

Gardner Chamber of Commerce