All photographs by Jeanie Unger

Decatur County, Kansas


Norcatur is a small, friendly town with a population of about 200 people.

Many local businesses serve the residents of Norcatur and services range from city water and sewer systems to electric, gas, telephone and Internet service, weekly trash pickup, cable television, and a library.

The residents of Norcatur are an active group involved in civic and fraternal organizations, and if the arts appeal to you, Norcatur has a local Arts Commission that has productions annually. A liaison between this group and a professional group called The Cornerstone Theater has proven very rewarding to both entities. The Community Center serves as a multi-purpose building with plenty of meeting space.

Local students are offered excellent educational opportunities in Oberlin, only minutes away. A locally supported pre-school operates in Norcatur, and Outreach college classes are available nearby.

Medical facilities include a locally supported satellite clinic staffed by a doctor and a nurse. Ambulance service is just a phone call away at 911. Norcatur also has a volunteer city and rural fire department.

Norcatur boasts low property taxes. Housing is limited, but available. Modular or mobile homes are welcome.

Pheasant, dove, turkey and deer hunting is excellent in the area, and a nearby lake provides access to fishing and water sports.

Norcatur, Kansas, is the home of friendly people, fresh country air and beautiful sunrises and sunsets waiting just for you!

Cedar Bluffs

Cedar Bluffs is a small unincorporated community located ten miles north of Oberlin on Highway 83, near the Nebraska border.

Cedar Bluffs is nestled in a serene setting near Beaver Creek. It is bounded on the east by rock bluffs and cedar trees, hence its name.

An abundance of good farm land and lush alfalfa fields provide a refuge for the wildlife that dwell there. In fact, people come from great distances in the fall to hunt the colorful pheasant.

Medical facilities are minutes away with Decatur County's 911 service.

Cedar Bluffs is a very nice rural community, a desirable place to live for young or old alike.


Traer is a small farming community located in the northwest corner of Decatur County. The unincorporated town is located in the Beaver Creek valley some 15 miles from Oberlin.

The scenic valley draws hikers to Rock Hill, and many travelers take a side trip through Traer in order to see Elephant Rock, which is known for its historic significance in the early settlement of the West.

Agriculture is the key economic mainstay for this rural community with excellent farm land that produces a variety of crops including wheat, corn, alfalfa, sorghum, soybeans and sunflowers. The area is also known for its cattle and hog production.

School age children receive an exceptional education in Oberlin. 911 emergency phone service is available, and medical facilities are only 15 minutes away. A rural electric company serves the area's power needs.

The area draws a large local and out-of-state following every fall during pheasant season and is fast becoming known for its wild turkey hunting.

Traer is set among rich grainfields along the peaceful Beaver Valley and offers a refreshing alternative to city living.


Early settlers admired the rich fertile land of the Prairie Dog and Solomon valleys surrounding Jennings, and you will too. Jennings is a small agricultural community with a population of 200.

The residents of Jennings comprise an active group involved in civic and fraternal organizations.

A focal point of this community is the Jennings school district. Educational opportunities abound with excellent teacher-pupil ratios. Another plus is the locally supported pre-school and the Outreach college classes that are offered locally.

Medical facilities include a locally supported satellite clinic staffed by a medical doctor and a nurse one day each week with nursing services available daily. A county ambulance is housed and staffed locally, as well.

Local history is in rich supply at the Czech Memorial Museum. It is open Memorial Day weekend or by appointment by calling Garrah Gaumer at (785) 678-2687, or Louise Cressler at (785) 678-2233.

Several businesses serve Jennings' residents. The city government offers many services including a municipal water well and sewer system, volunteer rural and city fire department, cable TV, and paved streets. This community also has a city park, public library, and several meeting facilities, including a new Senior Citizens Center.

Jennings has reasonably priced real estate, and low income units are also available.

This area is known for excellent hunting and has nearby fishing facilities.

Jennings is a charming community which offers a tranquil escape from urban living, so visit today!


Situated in southern Decatur County, on Highway 383, Dresden consists of a church, the Post Office, and a thrift shop. Medical facilities are less than 30 minutes away, and a grocery store is 10 minutes away.

Local organizations are active and a city park offers a fenced playground for children and provides a good place for a picnic.

An outstanding feature of Dresden is the lowest tax levy in the area. Housing is limited, but real estate is available for building sites.

Dresden offers a good quality of life for any age -- plenty of fresh, clean air, good well water, friendly people and the peace and quite of country life.


Leoville is an attractive, small unincorporated town located 23 miles southeast of Oberlin on the southern edge of Decatur County.

This farming community is located on Highway 223 and boasts a magnificent, old Catholic Church which celebrated its Centennial in 1985. This splendid church still offeres liturgy services and serves as a majestic backdrop for community activities.

Area students are offered excellent educational opportunities at a consolidated school only minutes away.

Services in Leoville include necessary utilities such as a sewer system and electric and telephone service.

Real estate is limited, but property is available for new home construction or mobile home sites.

Emergencies in Leoville are reported through the County 911 system, and hospital and medical service are less than 30 minutes away.

Leoville offers you a peaceful atmosphere, surrounded by an almost endless horizon.