(for emergencies please dial "911")
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
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.
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.
City Hall, Police and Fire Station
R-VIII School District mission is to prepare lifelong learners who will be responsible,
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 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 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 (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.