About Ness County

About Us

Ness County

is the northeast county of “Wild West County“, it is home to farming, ranching and the oil industry. Ness County is a prime spot for the fishing enthusiast. Ness City is the county seat, downtown is located at the junction of Highway  K 96 and US 283.

What you’ll find

  • Pleasant Atmosphere
  • Stunning Architecture
  • Interesting History


Ness City
Ness City, at the junction of Hwy 96 and Hwy 283 in Ness County, home to farming, ranching and the oil industry and is located in southwest Kansas. A hello and smile is just a short drive away. Downtown Ness City offers a variety of retail shopping including jewelry, clothing, gift and antique stores. A full service motel and a bed and breakfast are nearby along with two RV parks with full hook-ups available. Various restaurants offer everything from steaks, barbecue, pizza, Mexican and fast food.

Bazine is located in Ness County on Hwy 96 between Ness City and Rush Center on Hwy 96. The “Christ Pilot Me’ hill and marker are located just east of Bazine along Hwy 96. This marker is a beautiful limestone tribute. Near Bazine, you can enjoy geocaching and the mystical western Kansas landscape.

Beeler is located 11 miles West on Hwy 96 from Ness City. George Washington Carver homesteaded a mile south, where a marker is located. There is also a state highway sign along Hwy 96. Beeler is a small friendly rural community typical of southwest Kansas.

Ransom is located 2 miles West of K 4 and US 283 junction in northern Ness County. Excellent deer hunting is available in the area. A bed and breakfast is located around rural Ransom area. Come enjoy Oktoberfest every year.

Located 8 miles east of Hwy 4 and US 283 junction. Only 12 miles north is Cedar Bluff State Park making it the southern gateway to the lake. A Labor Day parade is held every year.

Located 14 miles west of Hwy 4 and US 283 junction. Utica hosts an annual May Days parade, antique show and craft show, the first Saturday in May. They also have a bed and breakfast along with a community owned cafe.


Ness County Bank Building

Known at the “Skyscraper of the Plains” this native stone structure is the legacy left by N.C. Merrill. Built in the 1890’s it stands as a tribute to the ingenuity, dreams, and culture of the settlers who built this wonderful structure. The Prairie Mercantile and Ness Chamber of Commerce are located on the lower level.

Ness County Historical Museum

The museum features 2 campuses: *

Downtown (123 S Pennsylvania) – George Washington Carver, Smoky Joe Woods are two of the exhibits. Local artifacts/displays and a research library including digitalized newspapers. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 1:00PM – 5:00PM.

* 211 E Sycamore (look for the buffalo): Oil & Ag museum and Ness City’s first School House, local artifacts, a microfilm research library and history books. The museum is open weekends or call for appointment.

Corporal Noah V. Ness

A Life size bronze statue of Civil War veteran by Harold Holden is surrounded by a patio paved with memorial bricks. This is the first statue of a Civil War veteran erected in Kansas in the past 60 years.

Ness County Veteran’s Memorial & Park

This memorial is a dedication to the valiant men and women who have served our country. The names are etched in granite to stand against time, so everyone will learn and remember.

Iron Indian Display

A beautiful sight at sunset is 1 ½ miles west of Ness City on K-96.

George Washington Carver Homestead

One of the greatest scientists of America homesteaded in western Ness County. A marker located 1 ½ miles south of Beeler indicates the original homestead. A state highway historical marker is north of Beeler on K-96 (11 miles west of Ness City).

Contact Us

Ness County Chamber of Commerce (Located in the Ness County Bank Building)
102 W Main
PO Box 262
Ness City KS 67560


Ness County Economic Development
105 S. Pennslyvania Ave.
Ness City, KS 67560

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