Fort Riley, Kansas




By Kalene Lozick | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | November 24, 2017

     Situated off U.S. Interstate 70 toward the city of Topeka sits Paxico a community that 213 people call home. Don’t be fooled by the population size, this town offers a variety of antiques and collectible shops, a winery, art classes and galleries, RV Park and campgrounds, annual festivals and more.

     Stop by Paxico’s main street for a stroll through antique shops filled with bargains. Hidden Treasures, 105 Newbury Ave., is a small shop that offers smaller items for purchase like vintage and antique toys, great for stocking stuffers.

     Mill Creek Antiques, 109 Newbury Ave. is packed with history as one of the oldest buildings in Paxico — approximately 41 years old. The shop buys, sells and trades unique and rare antiques. The owner specializes in restoring antique parlor stoves, potbelly stoves and cook stoves.

     Other antique shops include Main Street Antiques, 206 Main St. The shop is jam packed with metal vintage signs and Fowl Territory at 206 Main Street has older farming equipment and outdoors knickknacks.

     The oldest building in Paxico is the Stockgrowers State Bank, which has provided over 100 years of personal service to its customers. The bank still handles the residents banking needs today.

     The town was known as Strong Mill in 1879. In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Topeka through modern day Paxico to Herington. Under a decade later in 1891, the railway foreclosed and later merged with Union Pacific in 1997.

     Although census data shows a decline in population over the years, Paxico brings in hundreds of people statewide during their annual festivals. The town hosts their annual Paxico Blues Festival the third Saturday in September. The free festival features local food vendors, local antique dealers, music and much more. For more information, visit

      Paxico also offers free wine tasting at Wyldewood Cellars, at exit 333 on I-70 East. A fun fact about Wyldewood wines is they are made from blackberries and elderberries instead of the traditional grapes.

     The wine tasting offer a free taste of wines and the showroom offers wine for purchase. For the Sangria lovers, Wyldewood Cellars offer peach, strawberry and raspberry. To book a tasting or take home a bottle, visit

      Paxico sits approximately 45 miles east of Fort Riley. Antique store shoppers should stop by and give it a look around. For more information, visit


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