Cato Ghost Town Tour
November 5 @ 9:30 am CDT
Cato Days is an annual festival held at one of the first communities built in the Southeast Kansas area. This pioneer town peaked in population in 1910 with 112 residents, but an old, one-room, stone school house built in 1869 remains, as does a church built in 1915, and a stone bridge once used on a stage coach route.
Each year the Cato Historical Preservation Association spends one weekend reminding residents and tourists of the pioneer days. The festival includes tours of the pioneer era community, live music, food, and re-enactments, occasionally “including a shoot-out between Missouri border roughians and Kansas lawmen”.
Saturday’s event is open to the public. Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. and include:
- Music and Historical Reenactments
- One Room Schoolhouse presentation at the Cato School
- Music & Food around a campfire (Ham & Beans & Cornbread will be available)
- Hayrack wagon ride to area sites to hear historical stories about the region
- Silent auction to benefit restoration and upkeep of the Cato school and Cato Church