Vote Lecompton as the Best Small Town in Kansas

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Why is Lecompton the Best Small Town in Kansas?

Because with a population of 660 awesome folks, we have a lot to offer:

Amazing, nation-changing history as the capital of the Kansas Territory.  Two museums, two eateries, zero stoplights.  Fantastic, caring schools with good teachers.  Active Community Pride with live plays, dance classes, library, bingo.  Great shops, beauty salons and local businesses.  Fun community celebrations like the Bald Eagle Rendezvous and Territorial Days. 

This summer (June 2016) we will be having a huge extravaganza celebrating 160 years of Constitution Hall and the anniversary of the Battle of Fort Titus during Territorial Days.

To vote visit KANSAS! magazine’s Facebook page and click the vote tab (Vote on Facebook page), or you can  Vote Online.  Votes can be entered once daily through May 31st. The final five small towns will be unveiled with the winter issue of KANSAS! in November.

This is a contest sponsored by Kansas! Magazine.  If Lecompton is one of the five small towns, it would be a boost to our already awesome town.  Let’s let everyone know what we already know:  Lecompton is the best small town to visit and to live!


If you are not familiar with Lecompton, it is in northwest Douglas County and has a population of a little more than 600. But it has a heap of Civil War history. It was the site of the Lecompton Constitution, which sought to admit Kansas as a slave state into the union. It garnered national debate at the time, and was one of the flash points leading up to the Civil War.

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8 Comments on “Vote Lecompton as the Best Small Town in Kansas”

  1. Joyce Behlke

    It is a town with history and really friendly people. The history becomes part of oneself as it becomes your history.

  2. Linda

    I grew up on Woodson St. Love my old hometown. And Lecompton was a GREAT place to grow up in. Many, many great memories.

  3. Donna Confer

    Love that Lecompton is going all out for this award, lots of history and wonderful people there!

  4. Milly Fergus

    We moved to Lecompton in 1971. We raised our sons here and they loved it so much one married and stayed here and now raising his children here. We love our town:-)

  5. Bobbi Rahder

    Lecompton is a lovely Kansas town and I know many people who live and work there. It is one of the most significant historical sites in Kansas and it does an excellent job of preserving that history and sharing it. I believe it deserves to be the Best Small Town in Kansas.

  6. Cathy Nagel

    Our family moved to Lecompton from Lawrence the summer of my third grade year. It was the best place to grow up. We always felt safe to run around and explore. I feel sad that my own kids didn’t have the privilege of growing up in a small town, where the residents are friendly and look out for each other. With only 660 residents, the town is in competition with larger towns…some I would consider cities. Any town with a population over 2,000 should be omitted from this contest, giving the true small towns a chance.

  7. Judy Sweets

    I nominate Lecompton as “The Best Small Town in Kansas.” Only a quick 15 minute’s drive from Lawrence, Kansas the historic town of Lecompton is full of things to see and do. This enchanting place is still steeped in buildings and artifacts that survived the Territorial Kansas period from 1854-1861.

    It is always a thrill to walk into Constitution Hall, now more than 150 years old, where so many historical events took place and where so many historical characters tread before. I imagine all of the newly-arriving settlers coming to the Land Office in that building to pre-empt their land across the old wooden desk that still survives.

    And the old stone Democratic Headquarters building a few blocks north with a beautiful view of the Kansas River has been thoughtfully preserved for future generations to see.

    Last but not least Lecompton has the wonderful Territorial Capital Museum which highlights the history of those stirring times in the Kansas Territory.

    Lecompton is a “jewel of a town” that deserves to be called “The Best Small Town in Kansas.”

  8. Drew

    Now this, is a real small town. With a population of only 600 give or take, I bet this actually feels like a small town unlike other ones like it. I’ll have to check it out for myself for sure.

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