Nickerson-South Hutchinson Unified School District #309, located in Reno County Kansas, comprises 187.5 square miles of mostly rural areas. USD 309 is a district that celebrates diversity, quality instruction and successful student achievement.
The teachers there are highly committed educators who strive daily to inspire and challenge every child, every day. They are dedicated to delivering a standards-based curriculum that is robust and relevant to the real world, in order to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in college and careers. USD 309 is currently made up of 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school. All four buildings are fully accredited through the Kansas State Department of Education Quality Performance Accreditation process.
(Source- USD 309-www.usd309ks.com)
Nickerson has a population of 1,049 (2013). Nickerson offers a great city park to spend a day out with the family. Located under 20 minutes from downtown Hutchinson, Nickerson enjoys many other attractions including the Kansas Cosmosphere Space Center and Strataca Salt Museum.
Nickerson sits just east of highway KS-96. Downtown Hutchinson is under 20 minutes from Nickerson. McPherson and Great Bend are less than an hour away.
Nickerson Local Attractions/Activities
Nickerson has several events that the citizens can get involved with throughout the year. They have a nice city park that offers a quiet area for family reunions, picnicking or a place to take your children to play. The park has barbeques, water, restrooms, electricity access, sheltered picnic area, playground, basketball court, a large field and is across the street from the baseball diamonds.
Nickerson has places for you to shop and dine in the city. They also have area churches for your convenience. As you can see, the city has almost everything that you could want and need.
(Source- City of Nickerson-www.nickersonks.org)
Nickerson – History
The original town site of Nickerson was platted in 1875 by the railroad company, one mile east of the present site. In 1872, a depot was built at that point, and the station was known as Nickerson, so named in honor of Thomas Nickerson, then President of the A., T. & S. F. Railway. The next building was erected by the railroad company in the fall of 1872, and used as a section house. In the fall of 1874, a schoolhouse was built. In August 1875 Dr. L. A. Reeves erected a two-story frame building, and opened a store of goods. In 1876 he sold his store to A. Sievart. For the next two years these buildings comprised "Old Nickerson." In October, 1878, the present town site of Nickerson was platted on ground which was then covered by an extensive corn field owned by Mr. Sears. A very few days after the town site was surveyed, James Devitt commenced the foundation for the hotel known as the Dominion House. About the same time A. L. Harlow began the foundations for a building, afterwards known as the Harlow House. Before these buildings were completed, Dr. L. A. Reeves moved the building now occupied as the post office from Old Nickerson. With the exception of a small frame structure, occupied by John Sears, it was the first building on the town site. By March, 1879, Dr. Reeves had the whole block built, now known as the Reeves Block. Probably the first building built on the town site was a drug store erected by M. McCormick, in October, 1878. This was followed by a building used as a general store, and occupied by Sievart & Smith. Within sixty days Nickerson had two hotels, one dozen stores, two livery stables, two lumber yards and a printing office.