Kansas Highways Routelog

Kansas Highway 13

Length: 14.6 miles
South Endpoint:
Junction US 24 Northwest of Rocky Ford

North Endpoint:
Junction K-16 South of Fostoria

Counties Passed through: Butler, Chase, Morris, Geary, Riley, Pottawatomie, Marshall


K-13 originally ran from US 77 near DeGraff through Cassoday, Cottonwood Falls, Council Grove, and Alta Vista to US 40 near Manhattan. Only the section between Matfield Green and Strong City was gravel.

By 1932, the south end was moved from DeGraff to El Dorado. By 1933, the segment between El Dorado and Matfield Green was graveled, and was extended north along a new alignment along the Blue River, crossing the Blue River at Garrison and continuing northeast to K-9 near Barrett. The portion south between Garrison and K-9 was gravel, the remainder remained dirt.

By 1936, K-13 was had been graveled from Council Grove to Alta Vista and from Manhattan to Garrison. The entire route had was gravel by 1945. By 1950, 13 had been hard-surfaced between Strong City and Alta Vista and between Manhattan and Garrison. By 1953, it was hard-surfaced from the new straight shot north to Manhattan. By 1956, the only sections not hard-surfaced were from Strong City north to the Butler/Morris county line, for a short stretch near Alta Vista, and from the junction with K-16 near Randolph to the north end at Barrett.

The filling of the Big Blue River Valley for Tuttle Creek Lake in 1962 flooded K-13 north of Manhattan. As a consequence, K-13 was realigned, heading north from Manhattan, then northeast to K-16 near Fostoria.

By 1965, K-13 south of Manhattan was re-designated as K-177.