Rocky Ford School added to national register of historic places

By The Mercury

The director of the Riley County Historical Society announced to county commissioners Monday that the Rocky Ford School, on Tuttle Creek Boulevard and Barnes Road, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 20.

The school was built in 1903 and rebuilt in 1927 after a fire. The building was used as a school until 1937.

Cheryl Collins said the Riley County Historical Society is currently raising funds to renovate the interior of the building.

At Monday’s meeting, Gregg Eyestone, Riley County extension agent, also told commissioners about the upcoming Manhattan Area Garden Show on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26.

At the show, 10 different seminars, including discussions on daylilies, cactus and tomatoes, are scheduled throughout the two days. More information can be found at under “upcoming events.”

The first meeting of the Citizen’s Academy, hosted by the RCPD, is scheduled for Thursday, Officer Scott Hagemeister told commissioners.

The 10-week course will cover the history of the RCPD, basic training procedures and how different units in the department operate.

Those interested are asked to call the RCPD at 785-537-2112 or visit their website. Hagemeister said two participants can volunteer to be tazed and all participants are given a background check.

County Clerk Rich Vargo also reminded commissioners that Riley County offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 for President’s Day.

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