Topeka Historical Society
Originally known as Slabtown because of its many sawmills and houses built of slab-wood, the town was renamed Topeka in 1892 at the suggestion of the Wabash Railroad. Topeka was platted on June 14, 1893; however the Town of Topeka was not officially organized until September 1, 1913.
Nothing captures the spirit of Topeka and her residents better than words of a historian in 1882 who described the emerging community. “As for the people, they are intelligent, enterprising and cultured and with a decided penchant for large farms and comfortable or even elegant homes, where generous hospitality is always found.”