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Kansas State’s capital city, Topeka, lies along the Kansas River in the eastern section of the state. The city is home to the Sante Fe Railroad, the nationally recognized Reinisch Rose Garden, and the world headquarters for Payless Shoe Source. Topeka’s rich cultural diversity and historic sites occur throughout the city. Monroe is a neighborhood within Topeka.
The Monroe neighborhood encompasses several blocks, from Southwest 10th Avenue at the northern border to Southeast 21st Street at the southern end. It is bordered by Southwest Topeka Boulevard on the west. Monroe is a mix of residential homes, businesses, parks, schools, and historic sites, many within walking distance of each other.
In the heart of Monroe, on Southeast Monroe Street, is the landmark site for the Brown v. Board of Education decision. This site is the only U.S. national park named after a Supreme Court case. The school cited in this historic case was Topeka’s Monroe School, which is now home to the park/museum featuring walking tours and exhibits. Admission is free.
Washburn University’s 160-acre campus is a few blocks east of the Monroe neighborhood. Established in 1865 as Lincoln College, Washburn University is a publicly funded school with more than 7,000 students. Its nearness to Monroe offers residents the opportunity to enjoy exhibits at the Mulvane Art Museum, the resources of the Mabee Library, and various campus athletic events.
Within Monroe are two parks, including the little Huntoon Park, an oasis nestled between Southwest 12th Street and Southwest Huntoon Street. It is a landscaped public area with walking path. The Shunga Trail also runs through Monroe on its south side and is easily accessible from residential streets.