Since most structures still standing today date back only a few decades, the planning of Derby’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2019 prompted discussions about how to best tell Derby’s story.
Landmark signs were determined to be the best way to commemorate Derby’s origin as a farming community of people who value family and faith (1869-1949) to its boomtown period (1950-1979) of building homes and schools, its suburban growth (1980-1999) with parks and a cutting-edge recreation commission, and finally to its coming of age as a regional center (2000-2019) with shopping and services to meet most community needs. Visiting the seven Derby Landmarks will provide a thorough education about Derby’s first 150 years.
|Arkansas River Crossing at Warren Riverview Park, 322 W. Washington|
Features a rich history of the crossing of the Arkansas River and the subsequent bridges that followed.
|El Paso Business District, 229 N. Baltimore Ave.|
On July 11, 1871, a town plat was filed in Sedgwick County. It established streets from Madison to Kay and from Water to Georgie and business boomed.
|El Paso Cemetery, 700 E. Kay St.|
The original cemetery included only the southeast corner of the cemetery and is the final resting place of many influential Derby citizens.
|Derby Public Schools at the Derby Historical Museum, 208 N. Westview|
Derby's former K-12 school, this site built in 1924, is home to the Derby Historical Museum and the Hubbard Arts Center.
|Garrett Homestead at Garrett Park, 1100 E. Chet Smith Ave.|
Alexander and Margaret Garrett were the first settlers to put down their roots in derby. Learn about their journey and life as early homesteaders. Visit the Derby Historical Museum to see the original sod home they constructed.
|Lauber Farm and Silo, Brookwood & Redwood St.|
Believed to the be oldest structure in Derby, the once expansive Lauber Farm is now home to many familiar places such as the Derby Recreation Center and Derby Middle School.
|Smith Farm and St. Mary School at Madison Avenue Central Park, 512 E Madison Ave.|
This land began as a 240-acre farm, served as home to St. Mary church and school for many years and is now home to Madison Avenue Central Park.
Although not designated as one of Derby’s landmarks, the Round Barn (1910) located on south Woodlawn near 95th Street is not only one of the oldest structures in the Derby area, its unique design makes it an impressive part of the skyline and should only be viewed by the public by driving by. Although used for farm and ranch operations for most of its life, currently it is privately owned and available to rent for special events (RoundBarn.webs.com).