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Bazaar, Kansas
old Bazaar schoolhouse
old Bazaar schoolhouse
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Chase
Township Bazaar

Bazaar is an unincorporated community in Chase County, Kansas, United States. The community is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area.


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1893 Railroad Map

For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1859, Chase County was founded.

A post office was established in Bazaar on April 16, 1860. The post office was renamed to Mary on July 20, 1876, then back to Bazaar on March 19, 1878. The post office closed on April 26, 1974.

On March 31, 1931, Trans World Airlines TWA Flight 599 crashed a few miles southwest of Bazaar, killing all on board, including University of Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne. There is a monument located on private property at 38°14′09″N 96°35′12″W / 38.23583°N 96.58667°W / 38.23583; -96.58667, and yearly tours provide access to the site.

Bazaar still serves as a rail depot for local cattle ranching.


Bazaar is located at 38°16′19″N 96°32′07″W / 38.27194°N 96.53528°W / 38.27194; -96.53528 (38.2719604, -96.5352843), in the scenic Flint Hills of the Great Plains. By highway, it is 18 miles (29 km) north of the Kansas Turnpike toll road exit at Cassoday, or 7 miles (11 km) south of the U.S. Route 50 exit at Strong City.


K-177 highway and BNSF Railway both pass north-south through Bazaar.

See also: List of books about Chase County, Kansas
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