Moundridge students attend school at Moundridge Unified School District 423. Total enrollment as of 2015 is 434 students. Students can participate in a variety of activities including track and football.
Moundridge, centrally located in the state of Kansas, is as close or as far away as you wish to be. Situated in the "Golden Triangle" formed by Wichita, Salina and Hutchinson, Moundridge has the essential ingredients for industrial growth. An industrious work force, convenient industrial sites, adjacent airport facilities, daily truck, rail, and UPS service, abundant water, electrical and municipally-owned utilities are in this community that plans for and encourages further industrial development.
Mild climate, sunny days and blue skies make outdoor living easy. Moundridge offers an opportunity for any business or family to locate in a clean-air Midwest community.
(Source- City of Moundridge-www.moundridge.com)
Moundridge is located just west of Interstate I-135. McPherson and Newton are both 20 minutes away. Hutchinson and Salina are both under 45 minutes from Moundridge.
Moundridge Local Attractions/Activities
Moundridge is home to several churches including the Gospel Mennonite Church and United Methodist Church. Moundridge has various historical attractions including the Cole House and Moundridge Depot Museum. Surrounding cities like McPherson and Salina offer many other attractions.
Rolling Hills Zoo
Here you can get face-to-face with a rare white camel, an Indian rhino, a curious orangutan, an ornery aardvark or many of the other animals of the 100+ species of wildlife at home in the zoo. Great care has been taken to provide the animals spacious and naturalistic environments throughout 60 acres of beautifully landscaped park.
(Source- Rolling Hills Zoo-www.rollinghillswildlife.com)
McPherson Water Park
You can select from an assortment of activities; cruise the 500 foot lazy river, a giant water slide, deep diving area, 8 lane 50 meter pool and a children’s spray recreation area. The McPherson Water Park offers fun for all ages!
(Source- McPherson Water Park-www.mcphersonwaterpark.com)
On July 5, 1887, the Board of County Commissioners issued an order incorporating Moundridge as a third class city as requested in the petition. The final paragraph of the order read: "It is further ordered by the Board that the first election of city officers shall be held on the 15th of July, 1887, in J W Beck's furniture store in said city, and that J E Moe, J W Beck and P J Galle are appointed to act as Judges of said election, and that Dan Krehbiel and J J Sellers are appointed to act as clerks of said election, and that J W Krehbiel, Christ Hirschler and J J Toevs are appointed to act as a Board of Canvassers of such election returns." Thus it was that the first city election was held ten days after the town was incorporated and 364 days after the plat was filed.
Since there were no unusual events such as the discovery of gold or mass migrations to trigger a "boom town" situation, it is difficult to explain the rapid development of the community. Perhaps it was simply a matter that all of the ethnic, social and economic ingredients that were already present and well developed. It required only the railroad to unify them at a central location and a city was born.
Incorporation was an important step because it allowed Moundridge to develop its own unique character by establishing a unit of government at the local level through which community priorities and moral values could be expressed. The ordinances passed by the governing body provide a window to the past with a view of the pioneer community as it was a century ago, and a record of its responses to the problems and challenges of the intervening years.
The earliest recorded history of Kansas is of the Spanish explorer Coronado traveling from Mexico to the northern border of Kansas in 1541. Tradition says he crossed what is now McPherson County to the great bend in the Arkansas River.
Lewis and Clark touched the northeast corner of the state as they explored the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, which included this section. Their journals tell little of this territory.
Zebulon Pike, later immortalized in Pike's Peak, labeled the area part of "the great American desert."
Before the Civil War people took little note of the midsection of the United States. After divisive quarreling preceding the Civil War, Kansas was admitted as a free state on January 29, 1861. Most of the population lived in the northeast corner with only sparse settlements elsewhere. When the war ended a new era began, and people came to Kansas in search of a better life.
McPherson County, named after a Union general, was once part of a large section in Kansas Territory called Peketon County stretching to the Rockies. It was reduced to its present size in 1870, near the time the first individuals moved to what is now Mound Township. Only 38 persons lived in the county.
The Chisholm Trail which skirted the east edge would soon be forgotten except in history, as the cattle drives which made it famous were coming to an end. The Santa Fe Trail, established in 1825 and passing about three miles south of McPherson, was rarely used. Its modern counterpart, Highway 50, took over travel.
With the end of the Civil War, the movement west gained momentum. To McPherson County first of all came individual families from the east looking for a better life away from the strife of war and in search of economic opportunities. Among the early families going west were the Thornton Coles, who arrived in 1871 from Chandler, Cass County, Illinois. Other families from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia and West Virginia followed. By 1872 Mound Township had families named Caldwell, Pack, Fisk, Craven and Scott. Unlike the earlier restless travelers, these families came to stay.
The largest population boom in the state came with two waves of European immigrants to McPherson County. Swedish Lutheran people fleeing from a famine in their homeland settled the Lindsborg region. An even larger group, German-speaking Mennonites from Russia, came to the southern part of the county. Leaving Russia because of increasingly harsh governmental policies, they were part of an estimated 11,000-12,000 Mennonites coming to this state, chiefly to McPherson, Marion, Harvey and Reno counties. Names included Graber, Kaufman, Schrag, Wedel, Waltner, Gaeddert, Koehn, Schmidt, Jantz, Friesen and more.
Most settlers had little cash. The Homestead Act of 1862 was a lifeline for those who wanted to put down their roots for a permanent home, as well as those who had money to invest. It offered free homesteads on unappropriated public lands to any citizen or alien who filed his declaration of intention to become a citizen.
(Source- City of Moundridge-www.moundridge.com)