Wetmore, Kansas is a small rural town of about 360 people.
Hey we're growing! It is up about 100 people from 10 years ago!
Wetmore is in extreme southeastern Nemaha County on Kansas Highway 9.
Wetmore street signs are red and white, reflecting the Wetmore School mascot, "Cardinals" color.
This is the corner where Kansas Street meets Highway 9.
This is downtown Wetmore.
Here is the post office downtown.
This is where most citizens pick up their mail.
The Dinner Bell Cafe is downtown across the street from city hall.
This is a place where many in town meet and where you can get a great meal for $6.
The Wetmore National Bank is another hub of downtown Wetmore.
They are open 6 days a week and are ready to help you get a loan or open a new account.
The Wetmore City Hall and public library share the old Wetmore Bank building.
Like most small towns, Wetmore has the customary water tower.
This tower is a landmark for spotting the town from a distance.
The Wetmore school provides great education for children from Kindergarten to High School.
Every Spring former Wetmore school attendees and graduates from past years have a large reunion.
Two new additions were completed in 2011.
The biggest attraction in Wetmore has to be the swimming pool.
On hot summer days you can find almost every kid in town playing at the pool.
Wetmore is not without its history. The Pony Express mail route used to go through here.
Ranked among the most remarkable feats to come out of the 1860 American West, the Pony Express was in service from April 1860 to November 1861.
Its primary mission was to deliver mail and news between St. Joseph, Missouri, and San Francisco, California.
One Pony Express rider, Don Rising, is buried in the local cemetary.
Another Wetmore citizen of fame is George "Zip" Zabel who played baseball as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.
On June 17, 1915, "Zip" Zabel was called into a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers with two out in the first inning.
He won 4-3 in the 19th inning earning the longest relief record in Major League Baseball.
He still holds the current Major League Baseball relief pitching record.
Another photo of "Zip" Zabel, taken May 6, 1914.
One Wetmore citizen, Lee Geyer, went on to serve in the United States Congress as a
Representative for California from January 3, 1939 until his death on October 11, 1941.
He is buried in the Wetmore Cemetary.
There are three churches serving the Wetmore community.
The St. James Catholic church holds mass on Saturday evening.
The United Methodist Church is the longest serving church in Wetmore.
The Wetmore Bible Church church has an active and growing congregation.
The Goff - Wetmore Medical Clinic provides health care for the community.
This is the Wetmore athletic fields where boys and girls can be found playing baseball, soccer or some other organized sport activities.
The building houses concessions, running water, and restrooms.
Tri-County Ag Supply provides feed and other agricultural needs.
The Texaco station is restored but don't try buying gasoline here for 25 cents a gallon!
Totally remodeled, Tommy Dick's Bar and Grill is a great place for a delicous dinner and drinks.
The American Legion Post 282 hosts a variety of functions and fundraisers such as
bingo, Lions' Club Pancake Breakfasts, Ice Cream Socials, and wedding, reunion, or funeral receptions.
The oldest building in Wetmore is the original jail or the "Wetmore Calaboose" as it is called.
Not much bigger than an outhouse, it housed criminals (mostly drunks charged with disturbing the peace) from the 1880's up until the 1940's.
These wild sunflowers along the road make it clear why the sunflower is the Kansas state flower and represented on the state flag.
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