1811 Major George Sibley visits the Kanza Blue Earth Village (This village was located between the Kansas and Blue Rivers, about 4 miles east of Manhattan.)
1819 Artist Samuel Seymour, part of Major Long's expedition, makes a sketch of the interior of a Kanza lodge at the Kanza Blue Earth Village. This is the earliest surviving picture known of Kansas.
1825 6/3 The Kanza Nation cedes twenty million acres of land and settles in a defined area centered by their Blue Earth Village.
1827 - 1830 Kanza Nation departs from the Blue Earth Village.
1842 John C. Fremont visits the vicinity of what becomes Manhattan
1853 Samuel Dyer runs government ferry at Juniata.
1853 Camp Center renamed Fort Riley.
1854 5/30 Kansas Nebraska Act becomes law, creating the Territory of Kansas and officially opening the Territory to legal settlement.
1854 George S. Park establishes Poliska.
1854 S.D. Houston, J.M. Russell, S.W. Johnson, and E.M. Thurston establish Canton at base of Bluemont Hill.
1854 Pawnee, 1st Territorial Capital built.
1854 First house in Riley County built by Thomas Reynolds.
1854 First settlers in Zeandale Township take claims.
1855 3/24 Isaac Goodnow and party arrive.
1855 4/6 Town of Boston formed from Poliska, Canton and Goodnow's New England Emigrant Aid Society group.
1855 4/22 Ashland colony established south of Manhattan.
1855 6/1 Steamboat Hartford (Cincinnati and Kansas Land Co.) runs aground near Boston settlement.
1855 7/4 Hartford group joins Boston settlement, town renamed Manhattan.
1855 8/25 Riley County organized.
1855 9/7 First Manhattan settler death, G.W. Barnes, from typhoid fever.
1855 9/17 First birth to Manhattan settlers, Irving Roscoe Lovejoy, to Charles and Julia Lovejoy.
1856 Jan. First marriage in county: Thomas Platt and Sally Pipher.
1856 2/26 Government bridge at Juniata swept away by flood.
1856 Blue River established as border between Riley and Pottawatomie Counties.
1856 3/20 Ogden Post Office established.
1856 4/2 Riley County divided into four townships: Ogden, Dyer, Pierce, Manhattan.
1856 4/28 Arrival of Beecher Bible and Rifle Company at Wabaunsee
1856 8/6 First recorded deed in Riley County (land sold by W.M. Shain to Lewis Johnson.)
1856 8/8 Randolph Post Office established (closed 2/29/1960, reopened 1964.)
1856 9/4 Manhattan Post Office established.
1857 2/10 Ogden Town Company incorporated.
1857 2/14 Manhattan becomes a 3rd Class City.
1857 2/14 Manhattan Institute incorporated.
1857 Zeandale post office established.
1857 First school building erected, at 9th and Poyntz.
1857 First church erected in the county, the Methodist Episcopal at Juliette and Pierre.
1857 Amanda Arnold employed to teach spring school term.
1857 5/30 First Manhattan city officers elected; A.J. Mead, mayor; ten member city council.
1858 Bacheller (later called Milford) incorporated in Riley County.
1858 1/20 (1/30?) Manhattan becomes county seat after a disputed election.
1858 2/9 Bluemont Central College incorporated by Kansas legislature, signed by Gov. Denver. (Baker University and Highland College were also incorporated at that time.)
1859 2/7 City of Ogden incorporated.
1859 5/10 Bluemont College cornerstone laid.
1859 5/15 Tornado hits Manhattan, takes roof off the newly constructed Congregational Church and damages homes and businesses.
1859 5/21 Manhattan's first newspaper The Kansas Express is published by Charles Francis De Vivaldi. (first paper was printed in Wyandotte, KS)
1859 5/26 Horace Greeley visits Manhattan.
1859 6/24 Steamboat Col. Gus Linn arrives in Manhattan.
1859 10/6 The federal land office at Ogden is moved to Junction City.
1859 Manhattan is a stop on the Leavenworth and Pikes Peak Express Company route to the Colorado gold fields.
1859 Manhattan House Hotel is built.
1860 1/9 Bluemont Central College opened. Joseph Denison is the first President.
1860 Drouth in Kansas.
1860 Manhattan passes ordinance prohibiting swine from running at large.
1860 35 acres purchased from C.J. Lewis for Manhattan cemetery. Juliette Lovejoy Whitehorn is the first interment.
1861 Manhattan boundaries defined by state act.
1861 First Kansas Cavalry organized.
1861 S.D. Houston elected first state senator from Riley County.
1862 Morrill Act passes making land grant for colleges possible.
1862 Isaac Goodnow elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
1863 9/2 First term of Bluemont College begins.
1863 Fall Last buffalo in area killed near Ogden.
1864 Nov. Presidential election; 220 Republicans and 51 Democrats vote.
1866 Aug. Kansas Pacific Railroad completed to Blue River east bank.
1866 Pontoon bridge built at the foot of Poyntz.
1866 Riley Countian Nehemiah Green elected Lt. Governor.
1867 4/24 Earthquake shakes area. The earthquake was between Wamego and Manhattan and was the largest in Kansas recorded (as of 2007) and registered between 5.2 and 5.5 .
1867 Sept. Susan B. Anthony speaks in Manhattan.
1868 Milford Township organized.
1868 Bacheller name changed to Milford.
1868 Nehemiah Green becomes governor following Gov. S.J. Crawford's resignation.
1868 James M. Harvey, Riley County, elected governor.
1868 Riley County population 5,104; Manhattan 1,173.
1870 Grant Township organized.
1871 Zeandale Township transferred from Wabaunsee to Riley Co.
1871 South Milford Township organized.
1871 Bridges over Blue and Kansas Rivers completed.
1871 Mayday Township organized.
1872 Work starts on the Manhattan and Northwestern Railroad.
1872 Name of Milford Township changed to Bala Township.
1872 Presidential election; 1,055 Republicans, and 338 Liberals vote.
1873 John A. Anderson becomes second president of K.S.A.C.
1873 Ashland Township transferred from Davis to Riley County.
1874 James M. Harvey chosen U.S. Senator.
1874 Aug. Huge grasshopper invasion.
1875 Population of Riley County, 7,066.
1875 Earthquake strikes area.
1876 Nov. Presidential election; 1,133 Republican, 223 Democrat, 65 Greenback.
1877 Prof. William Kedzie built first telephone system at college.
1878 John A. Anderson elected to Congress.
1879 Great cyclone hits northern part of Riley County.
1879 Swede Creek Township organized.
1879 Fancy Creek Township organized.
1880 Manhattan becomes a City of Second Class.
1880 10/10 New Methodist Episcopal Church in Manhattan dedicated.
1880 Presidential election: 1,484 Republican, 376 Democrat, and 347 Greenback. 1,178 for the Prohibition Amendment, 828 opposed. John A. Anderson re-elected to Congress.
1880 Riley County population, 10,476, Manhattan, 2,104.
1880 Right of way secured for Burlingame, Alma and Manhattan Railroad.
1881 2/15 Alembic Post Office established.
1881 9/8 No child under age 7 allowed to attend Manhattan schools due to over crowding.
1882 6/28 Leonardville Post Office established.
1887 Fairmont Addition develops.
1888 Riley County population, 15,000, Manhattan 4,500.
1888 First Manhattan Water Works built, 3rd and Ratone.
1889 May Secretary of War visits Ft. Riley.
1890 Incandescent electric lights turned on in downtown Manhattan streets, January 1st.
1894 Wareham and Wood awarded telephone exchange contract.
1895 10/31 Two earthquakes hit area.
1900 4/30 100 businessmen form a Commercial Club.
1900 Population of city is 3,438, K.S.A.C. enrollment 1,321.
1901 City houses were numbered and street names posted so door to door mail delivery could begin.
1901 City water switches from Blue River to wells.
1901 C.P. Dewey's Manhattan Beach/Eureka Lake Resort opened.
1902 April First automobile in Manhattan hits the streets; a delivery wagon.
1902 Union Pacific depot built.
1902 First golf course built in Manhattan in City Park.
1903 Theodore Roosevelt visits Manhattan.
1903 5/29 Early June brings a major flood.
1903 New city hall/fire station opened on North 3rd Street near Humboldt.
1904 Andrew Carnegie gives $10,000 to start library.
1906 Riley County Courthouse built at cost of $50,000; citizens contribute $1,000 for tower clock.
1906 1/7 Earthquake hits Manhattan.
1906 2/21 IOOF/Rebekah buys the Eureka Lake Manhattan Beach Resort and the first resident in the Old Folks Building (the former Manhattan Beach Hotel) is admitted.
1906 3/1 Prairie fire swept over 2,000 acres of the Fort Riley reservation. Adjoining farms saved by backfires.
1906 4/26 The Rebekah state assembly and the I.O.O.F. dedicate their home for orphans at Eureka Lake near Manhattan.
1906 5/26 The first annual college track meet in Kansas held at the Topeka fairgrounds. K.S.A.C. wins first place with 58 points. Other schools entered: Emporia Normal, College of Emporia, Fairmont, Cooper, St. Mary's and Washburn.
1906 7/4 The Populist party state convention at Topeka nominates their ticket, including Robert Hauserman, Riley County, Secretary of State.
1906 10/24 James W. Forsyth, major general of the U.S. Army dies at Columbus, Ohio. He was commandant at Fort Riley several years, and was called the "military pet of the Sunflower state." He left Kansas in 1894.
1907 2/9 The Supreme Court dismisses the Dewey-Berry case which had been postponed through five successive terms of the Norton County district court. Chauncey Dewey and two of his men had killed three members of the Berry family in a fight over a water tank. Feeling was strong against the Deweys who had foreclosed mortgages and bought up tax titles, thus acquiring an 80,000 acre ranch in northwest Kansas.
1907 April, New Parkview Hospital built and occupied.
1907 10/5 Olive-drab uniforms issued at Fort Riley. They were "destined to do away with the old blue uniforms throughout the army."
1907 10/17 Fort Riley selected as the site for a $42,000 army balloon plant.
1907 11/25 John G. Haskell, State Architect, 1866-1874, who designed the State House, dies at his home in Lawrence. (Haskell designed a number of buildings in Manhattan.)
1908 June Flood.
1908 Rocky Ford Dam and Power Plant built.
1909 First trolley car runs made from Union Pacific depot to campus.
1910 Brick factory opens to produce up to 20,000 bricks daily for sidewalks and homes.
1910 Poyntz Avenue paved from Blue River to Courthouse.
1910 Population of Manhattan 6,300.
1910 Manhattan has 60 miles of paved streets.
1910 Marshall Theatre opens downtown.
1911 Nichols Gymnasium built on the K.S.A.C. campus.
1912 Trolley service to Eureka Lake Electric Park, Ft. Riley, and Junction City begins.
1913 Manhattan population, 7,000; K.S.A.C. has 3,000 students.
1913 New sanitary sewer built at cost of $87,000 and outhouses begin to disappear as 10-12 houses hook on daily.
1913 New high school built at cost of $90,000 at Poyntz and 10th.
1914 10/13 Dedication of the new fire proof Juvenile Building at the Rebekah-Odd Fellows Home of Kansas at Eureka Lake.
1915 Flood makes changes in Blue River; moves from east end of Poyntz to current juncture with Kansas River.
1915 Aggieville Club formed by 23 business owners.
1916 11/26 Fire destroys the Old Peoples' building at the Rebekah-Odd Fellows Home of Kansas at Eureka Lake. This was the former Manhattan Beach Hotel at the Manhattan Beach Resort. There was one death in that fire.
1917 Manhattan Country Club formed on Bluemont Hill.
1917 April New York Giants play the Detroit Tigers on the College field. Notables such as John McGraw stay at the Gillett Hotel.
1917 6/8 First Division U.S. Army established.
1917 Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma founded at K.S.A.C. This is the first chapter of Phi Beta Sigma (which was founded at Howard University in 1914) established on a racially mixed campus west of the Mississippi River. Delta Chapter closed in 1930.
1918 Feb. Ogden City gets electricity.
1918 April St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox play exhibition baseball games against the Camp Funston all stars at the baseball field in Army City.
1918 7/14 Community House dedicated as recreation building for the military. Built with funds from Rotary Club and the city.
1918 Sixty thousand men stationed at Camp Funston.
1918 Manhattan adopts prohibition against sale or free distribution of cigarettes.
1918 First community swimming pool, privately owned, opens at Pierre and 4th Street.
1919 4/10 Riley County Bar Association founded.
1919 New Junior High School opened at Poyntz and 9th Street next to High School.
1919 10/13 New Old Peoples' Building dedicated at the Rebekah-Odd Fellows Home of Kansas at Eureka Lake.
1920 Manhattan population 7,485; K.S.A.C. enrollment 3,017.
1921 Huge K on Prospect Hill built by K.S.A.C. engineering students.
1921 May Special election passes for a water softening and purification plant.
1922 3,500 motor licenses sold in Riley County.
1923 West wing of K.S.A.C. Memorial Stadium built.
1924 East wing of Memorial Stadium built.
1924 Manhattan Business College closes its doors.
1925 Telephone cables on 4th Street go from overhead to underground.
1925 Work starts on telephone exchange building at 4th Street and Humboldt. (Courthouse Plaza East county office building as of 2007.)
1925 J. L. Johns opens creamery on 3rd Street; produces first pasteurized milk in Manhattan.
1926 150 room Wareham Hotel completed.
1926 Eugene University of Eugene, Oregon-later to become Manhattan Christian College-opens.
1928 Manhattan trolley system discontinued.
1928 July First full time Fire Chief installed in Manhattan.
1930 9/18 Local team plays the Kansas City Monarchs.
1930 Concrete S added to Prospect Hill.
1930 Junior Chamber of Commerce established.
1930 K.S.A.C. enrollment 4,800.
1930 Manhattan has 2 railroads, 3 bus lines, 2 daily and 2 weekly newspapers, 2 hospitals, 4 theatres and 222 rooms in 3 hotels.
1931 3/9 Kansas State Agricultural College name changed to Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. (K.S.C.)
1931 March First Girl Scout troop established in Manhattan.
1933 July Sunset Zoo established.
1935 6/4 Flood water extends13 blocks west from the rivers and surrounds a third of Manhattan homes.
1936 Griffith Field built as WPA project.
1936 Charlotte Swift Hospital purchased by Sisters of St. Joseph. Name changed to St. Mary Hospital.
1937 Pillsbury Drive bridge replaces bridge taken out by 1935 flood.
1938 New white way street lights downtown.
1938 Nov. 20,000 attend Kansas State College 75th Anniversary.
1939 7/15 Jesse Owens appeared at Griffith Field in Manhattan.
1939 City Park and Douglass swimming pools built through WPA projects.
1940 11/22 110 acre Airport dedicated.
1940 Population 11,659, K.S.C. enrollment 4,910.
1942 Two community centers open for the military, known in 2007 as Douglass Center and the Community House. The Douglass Center was for African American troops, the Community House for white troops.
1944 K.S.C. student numbers drop to 3,786 because of World War II.
1944 Community Chest of Manhattan established.
1946 Housing units for veterans set up in Goodnow Park.
1946 Viking Manufacturing plant built, 1635 Yuma. (Ag Press as of 2007)
1949 Riley County completes its first Zoning Master Plan.
1950 2/19 Tower for new radio station KMAN erected. The station began broadcasting 6/4.
1950 7/1 Hail storm with 3 to 4 inch stones causes significant damage to Riley County.
1950 Airport runways expanded and lengthened.
1950 K.S.C. enrollment 6,867.
1950 12/9 New K.S.C. Field House opened. First basketball game played in Wildcat Field House, later named Ahearn Field House. K-State 66, Utah 56.
1950 Manhattan population 19,056; K-State enrollment 5,907.
1951 Riley County institutes first zoning outside of the City of Manhattan.
1951 City government changes to City Manager/5 member commission.
1951 June Worst flood in city's history covers 220 blocks and puts 6 feet of water downtown, $20 million damage.
1951 Luckey High School opened.
1952 Airport runways strengthened and lengthened.
1952 Construction begins on Tuttle Creek Dam.
1952 Manhattan selected as All American City for recovery efforts after '51 flood.
1952 Sears store built on southeast corner of 4th and Houston.
1953 Scheduled airline service started by Continental.
1954 6/10 Riley County Hospital opens with 100 beds.
1954 Kansas Farm Bureau opens new state office headquarters on Anderson Avenue.
1955 Manhattan celebrates its Centennial. Johnny Kaw legend invented by George Filinger.
1955 Construction resumes on Tuttle Creek Dam after controversy stopped construction in 1953.
1955 Present City Hall/Fire Station built; expansion in '97-'98.
1955 First Infantry Division (established in 1917) moves to Ft. Riley.
1956 The agency that became Pawnee Mental Health Services begins operation in Riley County. (Two agencies merged to form Pawnee Mental Health.)
1957 9/28 University Heights housing addition established.
1957 2/7 Rogers addition to Manhattan established.
1957 Flood control levee system completed; city's cost $169,000.
1958 Community Chest of Manhattan becomes the United Fund of Manhattan.
1958 2/7 Irwin Army Hospital dedicated.
1959 7/4 Closure Ceremony at Tuttle Creek Dam site. The course of the Blue River redirected through Tuttle Creek control tower outlet tubes.
1959 Kansas State College becomes Kansas State University.
1960 2/29 Randolph Post Office closed for the building of Tuttle Creek. (Began 1856, reopened 1964.)
1960 Manhattan population 19,370; K.S.U. enrollment 7,500.
1961 6/24 St. Mary Hospital opens, 104 beds.
1962 Riley County Hospital's name changed to Memorial Hospital.
1962 Airport adds new runway.
1963 6/1 Tuttle Creek Dam dedicated.
1963 12/19 Manhattan Country Club fire destroys the clubhouse.
1963 Westloop Shopping Center established.
1963 Manhattan Medical Center established.
1963 New Post Office built at 5th and Leavenworth.
1964 Plans announced to add 49,500 acres to Ft. Riley, nearly doubling its size.
1965 Gillett Hotel, northwest corner of 4th and Houston, razed.
1965 CiCo Park established by city, county, and board of education.
1965 Summer First Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, deployed to Viet Nam.
1966 Sunrise Cemetery established.
1966 New KPL building built on southwest corner of 5th and Poyntz. In 2007, location of the Chamber of Commerce offices.
1966 April Manhattan Meals on Wheels established. (Manhattan Mercury articles March 31, 1966, November 20, 1966)
1966 6/8 Manhattan/Riley County tornado injured 58, did $8 million damage, 36 homes destroyed, 136 damaged.
1967 Riley County Fire District organized.
1968 City's first industrial park (195 acres) established; attracts McCall Pattern Company.
1968 K.S.U. Football Stadium built.
1968 Manhattan becomes 1st Class city.
1868 Riley County builds its first rural fire stations.
1969 New public library built at Juliette and Poyntz; later expanded in 1981 and 1997-98.
1969 Manhattan Country Club burns for the second time.
1970 April First Division returns to Ft. Riley from Viet Nam (3rd Brigade to Germany.)
1970 Manhattan population 27,575, K.S.U. enrollment 13,204.
1970 K.S.U. enrollment tops 16,000 early in decade of the 70s.
1971 April Last passenger train west makes final stop in Manhattan.
1974 Manhattan Police Department and Riley County Sheriff became Riley County Law Enforcement Agency.
1974 Riley County institutes first county wide subdivision zoning regulations.
1975 6/29 Fire at 301-307 Poyntz destroys half a city block. Replaced by Burger King at corner of 3rd & Poyntz.
1976 City adds 79.53 acres to industrial park.
1976 Candlewood residential development begins.
1978 City turns down request to build west side mall on the Johns tract on Seth Child Road.
1978 United Fund of Manhattan becomes the United Way of Riley County.
1979 City begins study for downtown redevelopment-eventually to culminate in construction of Manhattan Town Center.
1980 Manhattan population 32,844.
1981 Leonardville votes to build a new city offices, shop, fire station and community room.
1981 Leonardville Senior Citizens group is organized.
1981 4/7 Northfield housing addition established .
1981 8/20 Knoxberry housing addition established.
1984 Union Pacific Freight depot closes.
1986 6/6 Groundbreaking for Manhattan Town Center mall.
1986 $2.7 million Quality of Life bond issue passed. It included parks, linear trail, swimming pool and animal shelter.
1986 4/27 The Bala Park officially opened. The Bala Park is privately owned by the Williams family, and enjoyed by the public through their permission.
1986 Luckey High School, Manhattan closes.
1987 Riley County Comprehensive Land Use Plan adopted.
1987 Oct. Manhattan Town Center opened with over 40 shops and 2 anchors (Penney's and Dillard's).
1990 Manhattan population 37,712.
1990 City expanded from 6,920 acres to present 9,319 with annexation of Grand Mere, Colbert Hills, Sargent, Wyndham Heights, and Meadowland additions.
1990 Riley County Household Hazardous Waste program receives the first Household Hazardous Waste permit issued by the State of Kansas.
1993 Flood damages east and southern edges of Manhattan, Hunters Island and Stagg Hill Golf Course.
1993 Tuttle Creek spillway gates release record 60,000 cubic feet of water per second.
1993 K-State football, under Coach Bill Snyder, wins nine games, including the Copper Bowl and goes on to "bowl" out the decade.
1994 City of Manhattan annexes KSU Campus.
1994 - 96 Expansion of railhead at Ft. Riley increases capability to ability to load 400 cars a day.
1996 4/10 First Division Headquarters moved to Germany from Ft. Riley.
1996 Oct. Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art opens on KSU campus.
1996 6/25 Mercy Health Center established. (merger of St. Mary and Memorial Hospitals)
1996 New bridge built over the Kansas River to replace 1936 Pillsbury Drive viaduct.
1998 Population of Manhattan 41,318.
1998 Revamped and enlarged City Hall opened in October.
1999 6/5 Fort Riley once again becomes a Division Headquarters with the reactivation of the 24th Infantry Division (Mech). The 24th Infantry Division (Mech) is the Headquarters for three enhanced Separate Brigades (eSBs) of the Army National Guard.
2005 Twin Valley Telephone acquires 13 Sprint exchanges, including service in Leonardville, Riley, Bala, and Randolph in Riley County. Twin Valley is a family owned and locally operated company, in operation since 1947.
2006 1/23 President George W. Bush is a Landon Lecturer
2006 4/18 Vice President Dick Cheney visits Ft. Riley.
2006 8/11 First Infantry Division headquarters returns to Ft. Riley. Major General Kenneth W. Hunzeker, Commander, with General Carter Ham to take charge as Post Commander soon thereafter.
2006 8/26 Kevin Ingram installed as the seventh President of Manhattan Christian College.
2006 9/8 John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil and a KSU graduate presents a Landon Lecture.
2006 11/9 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a Landon Lecturer.
2006 Downtown Redevelopment- Fourth Street Redevelopment begun by Dial Corporation. Best Buy opens.
2007 7/31 General Durbin becomes commanding General of the Fort Riley. He is also commander of the First Infantry Division.
2007 11/11 Dedication of the new Cemetery at Ft. Riley.
2007 11/6 New headquarters for the First Infantry Division ribbon cutting.
2007 12/10 Ice storm knocks out power to much of Riley County, damages trees and utility lines.
2007 New Riley County shops open at 6215 Tuttle Creek Blvd., northwest of Manhattan.
2007 Brad Schoen appointed Director of the Riley County Police Department by the Riley County Law Board. Steve French served as interim Director after the retirement of Mike Watson in June 2007.
2008 6/2 Softball-size hail falls in Riley County in a swath from Ogden to Manhattan, causing severe damage to property.
2008 6/11 Tornado destroys homes and businesses and damages many buildings, including some KSU buildings.
2009 4/15 Major General Vince Brooks becomes Commanding General of Ft. Riley.
2009 6/15 Kirk H. Schulz becomes President of Kansas State University. Selected in February 2009 and inaugurated September 23, 2009.