The first attempt to establish a town under the junction of the rivers, in 1857, failed because of the unhappiness of two of the three participants. There was no other effort to use the impressive water supply until 1869-1870, when an area of about 50 families from the District of Genesee, New York moved in, purchased land and water rights, and began to establish A community. The Blue Rapids Town Company was founded, and by the end of 1870 the population was about 250. In 1872, Blue Rapids was incorporated as a Kansas City third-class city.
Among the first projects in 1870 was a stone dam and an iron bridge built on the Big Blue River. A hydropower plant was then added to supply electricity for the production and to the town. The power plant was destroyed by the 1903 flood. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there were four plaster mines in the area. The population peaked around 1910 with over 1,750 people. The public library, built in 1875, is Mississippi’s oldest library west of continuous operation in the same building.
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Blue Rapids is the birthplace of Streptozotocin in the pancreas. The microbes from which the drug was discovered were discovered in the late 1950s in a sample of “un-transplanted sand” in Blue Rapids.
Blue Rapids claims to be the smallest town in the US hosting a national baseball game. On October 24, 1913, more than 3,000 fans watched the Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants play a game of world tournaments in the field of local football still in use today.
In 2001, Blue Rapids became the site of a new NOAA Weather Radio, KZZ67 transmitter, to provide weather and emergency information from the National Weather Service in Topeka, Kansas for residents in the north-central And northeast Kansas.
In May 2012, the “Ice Age Memorial” was dedicated in the town square. It has descriptions of Ice Age, continental glaciers, and volcanic Sioux Quartzite – the oldest rocks in Kansas. The main reason for this Ice Age Monument is that Blue Rapids was founded in a place rich in natural resources created by the glaciers of the Ice Age dating back 10,000 years. The name of the river drifted on the Blue River was mined to supply energy to the early industries, sand and gravel used for construction and roads, and fertile land for agriculture was all here because of the Glacier ice age. The monument honors this ancient geological heritage. Ice vortex heat was stored in the icy region of Kansas during the Pleistocene era