The story of Manhattan began with a steamboat... aboard the steamboat Hartford, which ran aground on the Kansas River in 1855. Passengers insisted on calling their new home Manhattan to recognize financial backers from Manhattan, New York.
With the formation of a downtown that still stands and thrives with redevelopment today, to the first shopping district in Kansas and the 2025 Visionary Plan for Kansas State University, look how far the little establishment of Manhattan has come. All because of steamboat Hartford!
K-State originally began as Bluemont College when in 1863, the Morrill Act opened the doors for land-grant institutions and created Kansas State Agricultural College.
The main administration building on campus was named after John Anderson, the university's second president. Bluemont Avenue transitions into Anderson Avenue adjacent to campus, and remains a primary access route.