History

Perry, surveyed and platted in 1865 by the Kansas Pacific Railroad, primarily grew based on its proximity to the railroad and the rich agriculture of the Kaw Valley, with additional benefit from the nearby location of the Delaware and Kaw Rivers. Originally named Perryville after the Kansas Pacific railroad’s president, John D. Perry, it grew rapidly. Perry was incorporated in 1871, with N. J. Stark elected the first mayor.

Perry’s early downtown area was the location of J. C. Grinter’s Store, Lee Hardware (est. 1875),Stark Lumber Co./ J. Thomas Lumber, Perry Flour and Grist Mill (1881) Bouton’s Blacksmith, Duncan’s Fancy and Staples, Knapp’s saw mill (1900), the Bank of Perry (chartered 1893), Boyle’s Restaurant (burned 1910s or 20s), grain elevators, and the Perry Hotel (erected 1866).

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