Clay Center, Our County Seat
Specialty shops, financial institutions, a museum, a zoo, an aquatic park, restaurants and more will greet you here!
Beautiful limestone is the key element in the courthouse. The clock tower rings on every hour and visitors come and go conducting business with the county. Churches of several denominations call Clay Center home.
Community life is centered there and at our schools.
Clay Center is the county seat of Clay County. It is located at the junction of US-24 and K-15, an intersection where you’ll find a beautiful natural geese sculpture, “The Spirit of the Wild Things.” Clay Center is the heart of the community and features cultural events, an arts council, Public Library, a City Zoo, City Parks, Public Utilities Department, a beautiful golf course, and a municipal airport. You’ll find excitement at the Clay County Fairgrounds with various activities held annually.
Clay Center is a place where family comes first and this provides an atmosphere where your children can grow up and be nurtured in a community that has a lot to offer. Our school system is excellent and most of the facilities are new or have been recently renovated. The youth of Clay Center enjoy various types of sports and activities year round, including baseball, softball, 4-H clubs, scouting, swimming, football, wrestling, and basketball.
The Clay County Medical Center provides excellent health care. There are seven local doctors and one surgeon, with an outpatient clinic that is served by other area specialists that come in to expand the local care potential. All of your shopping needs can be met in Clay Center along with specialty shops in the surrounding Clay County communities. The merchants of Clay Center are eager to meet you and soon will be calling you by your first name.
Buffalo Bill Cody came to Clay Center in 1916 with the Sells-Floto Circus. They paraded down 5th Street on the Courthouse Square. In 2016 "The Buffalo Bill Experience" visited Clay Center, and Jeff Norman, Cody re-enactor rode in a Parade down the same street Cody once did.
Pictured here is Norman with Tom Meek. (The real Cody touched the shoulder of Tom's Dad, Milo, as he climbed the seats of the tent during the circus, and chatted with friends from Clay Center in 1916. )
Norman stood atop "Table Mound" with Meek and others as he took in the view of Clay County. Local historical records show that cody hunted from this location.