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Knob Noster Police Department-  563-2233
Knob Noster Fire Department- 563-2233
Civilian Ambulance Service-  563-2233
Military Ambulance Service-  687-3733
Johnson County Sheriff Department-  (660) 747-5511
Missouri Highway Patrol- (660)  524-1407

City of Knob Noster, Missouri

While in the Whiteman area you will become very familiar with the small town of Knob Noster. This town of approximately 2300 is only two miles away and offers the nearest opportunity for off-base shopping and restaurants. Though it seems small you will be surprised at the variety of merchants located in this town including several nationally known restaurants, gas stations, auto parts stores, banks, and numerous churches. Scattered amongst the well-known businesses are several small establishments ranging from a florist to several computer stores.Main Street Knob Noster 

     The Knob Noster city government and the Chamber of Commerce have excellent ties with the base. The Mayor of Knob Noster is a frequent guest of many base functions and events.

     Knob Noster City Hall, located at 218 N. State, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Knob Noster is governed by a Mayor, Alderman, and City Administrator.  Effective planning and zoning is accomplished by a full time City Inspector. City Hall offers assistance with voter registration, building permits, Municipal Court cases and fine payment, city maps, business licenses, yard sale licenses, and dog licenses. They can also answer questions regarding ordinances, regulations, and city policies.

Police Station
City Hall, Police and Fire Station

Knob Noster R-VIII School District mission is to prepare lifelong learners who will be responsible, productive citizens.

School District Office

     The Knob Noster School District encompasses four schools; two elementary (including the one on Whiteman), one jr. high, and one sr. high.  The District educates approximately 1900 students, many of them military dependants.  It is rated 'AAA' by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Students rate well in standardized testing given yearly.    

     Knob Noster Elementary School is home to about 450 students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Whiteman Elementary is slightly larger with 600 students.  Both have excellent facilities and staff plus many extra curricular programs.   Kindergarteners must be 5 by August 1st to be enrolled. 

Knob Noster Elementary
Knob Noster Elementary

Whiteman Elementary School
Whiteman Elementary

     Knob Noster Middle School serves 400 students from grades 6-8.   The curriculum emphasizes the basics while encouraging extra-curricular activities as well.  There are special programs provided for special education, critical thinking, and remedial instruction.

Knob Noster Middle School

     Knob Noster High School has approximately 460 students in grades 9-12.    Students are expected to earn 116 units of credit.  A local vocational program allows for study in a variety of career studies.  KNHS is located on 25 acres with many sports fields including a lighted football stadium.

Knob Noster High School
Knob High School

     Knob Noster is a town which enjoys clean living. As an example the water is pumped from deep wells and is untreated.  That means no chlorine taste or sulfur smell.  How is that for fresh "country" living with many conveniences of a larger town?!

     Knob Noster City Park is located in the heart of the town. Enjoy the two tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, covered pavilion, picnic tables, and playground equipment spread across eight acres. Each year nearly 500 local children ages 5-18 enjoy the park's baseball and softball leagues. Located on the outskirts of Knob Noster is Knob Noster State Park. Enjoy a walk on the beautiful forest paths or spend a day at one of three small lakes. Facilities for camping are also available and are reasonably priced.

Usual Knob Noster Festivities:

City Wide Garage Sale-  June
Ms. Knob Noster Pageant-  August
Knob Noster Fall Festival-  September
Halloween Parade-  October
Shop Knob Noster Day-  December
Christmas Homes Decorating Contest-  December
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony-  December


Knob Noster History

     Knob Noster (Latin for "Our Knob") has its past closely linked to two nearby hills.  Many legends abound about the two mounds located North of Highway 50. There is the story of the great battle that was fought on the site of the two hills.  Stories tell how the mounds were build as a burial site for the warriors killed during the battle.  Others claim that it is the burial place of an old Indian treasure though none has ever been found.  Instead searchers have uncovered skeletal remains and ancient relics.

    Knob Noster's recent history begins in 1850 when a post office was established in a small settlement about a mile north of the current town.  As the railroad made its way across the state, Knob Noster was moved to its current location so it was on the railroad line.  The new town was built on 40 acres of land belonging to Sam Workman.  Two years after being built the frame buildings of Main Street burned to the ground.  Brick buildings soon took their place. 

Today's Knob Noster still revolves around the quaint brick buildings of main streets.  Though primarily a farming community, Knob Noster's population is bolstered by the large Whiteman AFB population as well as the many tourists who come to camp at the Knob Noster State Park. 


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