Welcome to the City of Chetopa, Kansas Community Portal

Founded on April 18, 1857, Chetopa was originally an Osage Nation village named after Chief Chetopah, and later the site of the "Golden Spike" of the South, where the MK&T ("Katy") railroad won the exclusive right to cross the Indian Territories (later, Oklahoma).


Our city is now home to a close-knit community sharing true Midwestern values. Welcome to Chetopa!


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A generous donation by Eldon and Etsuko Perkins has given Chetopa the privilege to have their very own

Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park, Chetopa Kansas.

Above you can see an image of what the finished product will look like.

The Veterans Park Memorial Fund is selling 4X8 & 8X8 pavers that will go on the ground in front of the memorial along with 4 granite benches and individuals will have the opportunity to have 'your veterans' name on the wall.

The funds will help defray further cost of having this wonderful tribute to our military men and women.

Only Veterans of our United States Military (any branch, service, or year, except dishonorable discharges) will be allowed on the Veterans wall. They do not have to be from Chetopa, nor do they have to be deceased. The wall will contain their name, branch of service, and the years they served (or the era they served in if years are not known {exp. Korean War}).

The costs for names on the wall are $100.00 each until July 31st, 2017

4X8 & 8X8 Pavers are also being sold.

These pavers will go on the ground in front of the memorial and form a sidewalk like area (not shown in the above image).

A 4X8 paver will contain 3, fifteen character lines and is being sold for $100.00,

while a 8X8 paver will contain 5, fifteen character lines and is being sold for $150.00. 

These pavers are for memorials of individuals (In loving memory of Jane E Doe),

general supporters of our veterans (Thank you veterans. Jane Doe) ,

or businesses & families wishing to support this project (We support our veterans. The Doe Family).

Once again these prices are only valid till July 31, 2017, at that time the memorial is planned to be set and the prices will be increased to include the cost of service calls to come engrave the names.

You may also purchase one of 4 Granite Benches that will be placed around the wall to offer seating for those wishing to spend time reading the names.

One bench can be purchased for $2,000.00 and will also have a place for some engraving on the back of them.

The form to fill out to start your purchase can be downloaded by clicking on the image of the memorial above or can be picked up at Chetopa State Bank in Chetopa Kansas.

Once you have completed the form, return it along with the payment for the memorial type you want, by mail to Chetopa State Bank, PO Box 226, Chetopa, KS 67336 or in person at Chetopa State Bank, 409 Maple ST, Chetopa, KS 67336.

Please be aware that your veterans spot on the wall, supporters paver, or bench is NOT guaranteed until we receive your order form along with payment. These are sold on a first come, first served basis.

If you are purchasing more than one name for the wall and you want them listed together,

please attach a note stating that to the order forms.

*Also please note that when filling out the order forms each box stands for 1 character, spaces are also considered characters.*


Start Planning now for Chetopa's Fourth of July Celebration!!

If you would like to set up a booth or sponsor an event contact

Debbie or Audrey at Chetopa State Bank at 620-236-7277.

The Chetopa Historical Museum has re-opened for the season!

They will be open:

April thru September 

1 to 4 PM

Wednesday, Thursday, & Fridays

Chetopa Chamber of Commerce Park Clean Up Day

Come join chamber and community members in making our parks beautiful for the summer.

There is something for everyone to do.


This event has been postponed to

May 6th, 2017

Meet at Veteran's park at 9 AM

Bring gloves and lawn cleaning items such as rakes and wear old clothing.


April 29th to May 08th

This gives everyone a chance to clean up the yard, house, garage, etc. Make a pile by the street and our city guys will eventually get around to pick it up. They will NOT pickup items that we can't send in the roll off. Take pride in our community. Help us make a good first impression when people come to Chetopa looking for a place to stay or just passing through.


Red Cross Community Blood Drive

Mae Lessley Community Building

May 1st, 2017


You may call Virginia Davis if you would like to schedule your appointment.


**Donors MUST make an appointment to give blood**

Chetopa High School Graduation and 

8th Grade Promotion 


Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Chetopa High School New Gym


High School Graduation 4:00 PM

8th Grade Promotion 6:00 PM


The New Community Storm Shelter is NOW OPEN and ready to use. In case of a storm you will seek shelter at:

Community Storm Shelter  

529 Locust St

Chetopa KS 67336                               



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Community Points of Interest

About Chetopa, the "Catfish & Pecan Capital"

The City of Chetopa has a population of approximately 1,200 people. Chetopa is technically a “city” but to the people that live here it is considered a community. The people living outside the city limits contribute just as much to the community as the people living within the city. The outlying area thrives with farming activity, whether it is from agriculture, pecan harvesting, or livestock farming which includes cattle, sheep, hog, and turkey farms. Due to the large number of pecan trees being harvested in this area the State of Kansas designated Chetopa as the “Pecan Capital.”


The community may be small but it has the ability to support eight churches of various denominations.
The school system provides education to children from preschool age all the way thru high school. The teachers do an outstanding job of inspiring their students to exceed the standard. The teachers are willing to spend a lot of their extra time (and often their own money) to see that those students that go the extra mile are given the recognition and rewards they deserve. The school has been fortunate enough to have several students selected to participate in some very exciting adventures because of their talents. During the summer of 2001 two young ladies had the opportunity to go to Hawaii play softball in the King Kamehameha Softball Classic. Another young man & woman performed throughout Europe during the summer because of their exceptional band/musical abilities. Not to be left out of the fun the high school science teacher and several students went to Costa Rica that summer to tag turtles. During the summer of 2002 another young man and woman from the community again got to participate in the King Kamehameha Softball Classic.

In June of 2005 four of the students in the gifted program qualified for National competition with their history projects and traveled to Washington, D. C. to compete. In June of 2006 three of those same students once again went to Washington, D. C. to the National History Day competition.

The school offers a wide range of extra curricular activities such as: FFA, FCLA, Debate, Scholar Bowl, Band, Music, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Football, and Track.

The community also sponsors numerous activities for the young and old alike, such as: 4-H; Brownies; Girl Scouts; Twirling; Community Choir; Masonic Lodge; VFW; Women’s VFW Auxiliary; Chamber of Commerce; Community Task Force; PTO; Youth Friends; Senior Citizens Center; Volunteer Fire Department; Volunteer 1st Responder Unit; Little League Basketball, Baseball/Softball & Football.

The community unites 2 times a year to celebrate 4th of July, and in the fall, the Pecan Festival. Everyone from the surrounding areas join in the fun.

Chetopa is centrally located between several larger cities within a 3 state area. Within 45 minutes, or less, you can be in Joplin, MO; Vinita, OK; Miami, OK; Parsons, KS; or Coffeyville, KS. Within an hour and half you can be in even larger cities such as Tulsa, OK or Springfield, MO. If you are looking for entertainment, this region offers numerous Indian as well as commercial gambling casinos. Just south of Miami is Grand Lake, which is great for boating, fishing, and jet skiing. In less than 3 hours you can be in Branson, MO, where there is a wide variety of entertainment for people of all ages.

The Neosho River flowing along the east border of the city limits offers something no other Kansas town can. During the annual paddlefish (locally known as “spoonbill”) season this unusual fish swims upstream from Oklahoma to spawn. They give the most daring angler the opportunity to try to snag one of these large fish that weigh anywhere from 20 lbs. to the record weight of 87 ¾ lbs. The season for this fish is a short one that is regulated by the Kansas Fish and Game. It usually starts in Mid-March, when the game warden posts that the season is open, lasting until Mid-May or until the game warden officially closes the season. The river’s water level has a big impact on the paddlefish’s spawning pattern, therefore the season varies to some degree. Once the paddlefish season is over the regular fishing season resumes, where the challenge is to see if a record channel catfish can be caught. The large number of catfish which are taken from the Neosho River contributes to Chetopa being named “The Catfish Capital.”

If hunting is more your bag, then Southeast Kansas offers up the white tail deer, wild turkey, quail, and dove. Of course all must only be hunted within the state-designated seasons and with the proper permits and licenses.
In a small community your neighbors are your friends and family, they are there when you need them. Chetopa is a small community with a lot to offer. We hope you will consider becoming part of our community.

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