Acadia of the West
A French Canadian Settlement
The City of Damar welcomes you!
The community of Damar welcomes you to our truly unique community in Northwest Kansas! In 1884, following a presidential signature authorizing Francis St. Peter to one hundred and sixty acres of land on the western edge of Rooks County, Canadian French Catholic people soon followed, so many in fact that the community became known as the "Acadia of the West." Today the community retains its French Canadian heritage, which is reflected in many of the buildings throughout the town.
The beautiful St. Joseph's Catholic Church stands as a beacon on the plains surrounding Damar. It is located at the end of a small, but thriving Main Street that features a cafe, beauty salon, City Office and the "French Quarter" Visitor's Center.
Visit the Damar Historical Foundation website
The Damar Community Historical Foundation has continued to make progress in their goal of preserving the history of the town of Damar and to create economic development opportunities. The latest improvement is the addition of a website that will help visitors navigate that progress and to give them a portal for information. Click here to access the website.
Damar featured in Travel Blogs
The community of Damar was recently featured as one of the "Things to Do in Rooks County" by travel bloggers Sara Broers and Roxie Yonkey. Their blogs, Travel with Sara and Roxie on the Road, spent a day traveling Rooks County and viewing all there was to see. Led by local host Kaylon Roberts, the two visited St. Joseph's Church, French Quarter Visitor's Center, and other sites around town. Find both blogs on Facebook.
Second building donated to DCHF by Newell Family.
Dedication of the Newell building that was donated to the Damar Community Historical Foundation was held on May 25. The building was donated in honor of the late Loren Newell, who was a long-time contributor to the city of Damar.