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Rush Center

Rush County, organized on December 5, 1874, was named in honor of Captain Alexander Rush, Company H of the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry.  Walnut City was designated as the county seat, and the city's name was changed to Rush Center. In 1876 the southern tier of townships was given to neighboring Pawnee County after re-surveying. This changed the center of the county from Rush Center to La Crosse located four miles north. A conflict arose between the two towns when the county records were moved to La Crosse as the intended county seat. The records were moved back and forth by wagon, amidst threats and gunfire, for years. However, no one was killed. La Crosse was finally declared the permanent county seat, and the present courthouse was erected in 1888.

Rush Center is located at the intersection of U. S. Highway 183 (Main Street) and K-96 (Union Street) Highways, with a population of 170.  It boasts an Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade the Saturday before March 17. The Walnut Valley Senior Center is home to the community library and historical museum. The museum is currently assembling a collection of histories of one-room and consolidated schools that once existed in Rush County.

Rush Center offers a unique variety of dining opportunities including:

Back Door Pizza 785-372-4315 - featuring pizza, pasta, and more. If you’re up to it, try their extra large pizza served in a trash can lid. Eat one by yourself in 1 hour or less and it’s free, 120 W Union

Effie's Place, - Burgers & Daily Specials. Home of the famous Effie Burger and some of the best fries around, 120 W Union

Greg's Sports Pub & Grub 785-372-4555 – Burgers, Daily Specials, and some of the biggest and best steaks in the area, 111 W Union

Rush Center is a hub of industry and home to three of Rush County’s largest employers in the areas of manufacturing, communications, and transportation.

Mr. P's Truck'n Inc. 785-372-4371 - General Trucking, Fuel and Propane Transportation, 102 E. Florence

GBT Communications, Inc. 800-946-4282 - Cable Television, High-Speed Internet, Nex-Tech Wireless Telephone, 103 Lincoln Street

Golden Belt Telephone Association, Inc. 800-946-4282 - Local & Long Distance Telephone, T1 & T3 Lines, Security Systems, 103 Lincoln Street

KBK Industries 785-372-4331 - Fiberglass Manufacturing, 2537 Highway 96

Church and Social Organizations:

Hope Lutheran, 308 S Walnut Street, 785-372-4410

Walnut Valley Senior Center, 220 Washington Street, 785-372-4525

Walnut City Lodge #215, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, 115 S Elm Street

Other Rush Center Businesses:

4 Corners Liquor Store 785-372-4231 - Beer, Wine, Spirits, 120 E Union

Kevin's Auto Repair 785-372-4383 - 409 W Union

Mid-State Farmers Coop/Service Station 785-372-4239 - Grain, Livestock Supplies, Propane, Anhydrous Ammonia, Gasoline, Ethanol, Diesel, Auto and Tire Repair, 183/96 Intersection

All Aboard Inn 785-372-4552 - 314 W State Street
Enjoy Rush Center's History While Staying at this Lovely Cottage

To learn more about Rush County visit our webpage at www.rushcounty.org.

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