Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historical Buildings in Downtown Hutchinson
Enjoy a Self-Guided Walking Tour of Downtown's
Take a tour of beautiful Downtown Hutchinson and discover some of the oldest buildings in the city! Hutchinson was founded in the year 1871, when Indian Agent Clinton "C.C." Hutchinson contracted with the Santa Fe Railway to make a town at the railroad's crossing over the Arkansas River. Hutchinson was incorporated on August 15, 1872.
Just four years later, in 1876, one of the oldest buildings still remaining in Downtown's Historic District was built at 225-227 S. Main. The Mill was organized by C.C. Hutchinson as the Water Power Co., but was sold and converted to steam in 1880. It was remodeled as a grocery warehouse in 1902 for Gonder-Petro.
These are just a few of the facts you will learn as you stroll around Downtown Hutchinson. Historic plaques on the buildings along the way will provide information about the buildings and additional information below will also assist you in identifying the building and learning its orgin and history.
Don't miss a visit to Hutchinson's Historic Fox Theatre, which opened June 8, 1931. The theatre stood empty between 1985 and 1990 when a non-profit corporation purchased it. A $4.5 million restoration was completed in 1999 and the theatre continues to thrive. The marquee was recently renovated and is one of the few original surviving, functioning marquees in the country. In 1994, the Fox was named the State Movie Palace of Kansas by the Legislature.
We hope you enjoy your historical tour and your time in beautiful Downtown Hutchinson!