Kendall, Kansas is an unincorporated town in Hamilton County located 12 miles southwest of Syracuse. Kendall was originally know as Aubrey due to its close proximity to old Fort Aubrey. The Fort Aubrey site was originally established in 1850 by the U.S. Army as a temporary resting place for traveling troops. As Indian troubles increased in 1865 a permanent fort was built by two companies of the 48th Wisconsin Infantry. Fort Aubrey was closed in 1866. In 1886 frontiersman Charles “Buffalo” Jones alarmed by the pending extinction of the buffalo set off from Kendall toward the Texas Panhandle to capture some of the remaining animals and return them to Kansas.
Annual Events in Hamilton County:
April The Annual Cruisin’ Into Summer Car, Bike & Buggy Show
May Alumni & Memorial Weekend
July Hamilton County Fair
Oct. Classic & Antique Fly-In
Nov. Annual Christmas Fair
Dec. Tree Lighting & Parade
is just 15 minutes from Kendall. The Syracuse Sand Park is the largest sand dunes park in Kansas and one of the largest in the Midwest. Opened in 2007, the park offers over 1,300 acres of amazing dunes, rolling hills, bowls and some fast flat areas that will appeal to the sand drag enthusiasts. The park also includes a 40–plus acre kid-friendly fishing pond that has been stocked. Located 1 mile south of Syracuse on Highway 27. Open 24/7. Phone: 620-384-2480.
The Tamarisk Golf Course
is just 15 minutes from Kendall and is one of the most challenging 9-hole golf courses in Western Kansas. A regulation length course, fully irrigated, situated along the beautiful Arkansas River. Wildlife is abundant on the course!! Golf carts are available for rent. Walk-ons accepted at all times. Steel spikes are banned. A club house, looking out over a lake, has a full range of services available: 19th Hole Golf Shop, snack and pop machines, golf driving range and chipping/putting area. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 7 days/week weather permitting. Phone: 620-384-7832.
Historic Northrup Theatre
A Hamilton County jewel, it first opened in 1930. This beautifully renovated theatre has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Purchased by the Syracuse-Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce in 1991, the theatre continues to operate showing recently released movies in 3D and 2D at 7 p.m. MST on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Come enjoy the show. Phone: (620)384-7688
Hamilton County Museum
Founded in 1966, it offers a wealth of local history. On display are thousands of items including mammoth tusk, Indian artifacts, vehicles, and Harvey House memorabilia. Located on 102 N Gates Street in Syracuse, museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MST.
There are over 30 miles of the Arkansas River flowing across Hamilton County. During dry years, the river bed is a great terrain for hiking, trail riding and off-roading. During wet years, the river is great for rafting, canoeing and tanking. U.S. Hwy 50 follows the original mountain route of the Santa Fe Trail. This historic trail followed parts of the Arkansas River through Hamilton County.
Leslie M. Carlholm
Community Development Director
Hamilton County Economic Development
219 N. Main P.O. Box 1167
Syracuse, KS 67878