Founded in October, 1886 – today Mayetta is a growing small town in rural Kansas with a lot of history and an even brighter future.
With a population 354, Mayetta is located in Jackson County (population 13,462), part of the Topeka metropolitan area, and only 90 minutes from Kansas City and 135 minutes from Omaha. Mayetta is one of the fastest growing communities in the metropolitan area, growing by over 27 percent since 1990. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation established in 1846, now covering 121 square miles begins just 1/2 mile west of the city. Mayetta is located on U.S. 75, just 22 minutes north of Topeka. U.S. 75/Manitoba 75 connect Winnipeg, Manitoba and Dallas, Texas.
The city is located near the junction of Cedar, Douglas, and Lincoln townships in Jackson County which have a combined population of 4,937 as of the census in 2010. This is an 11.3% increase since 2000. Three of the county’s largest employers are located within seven minutes of Mayetta including the Prairie Band Potawatomi Casino, the Prairie Band Potawatomi government, and the Royal Valley School District, together employing over 1,100 people. In the early 2000’s a new commemorative brick and concrete sidewalk was constructed downtown. Biff Henderson of the Late Show (with David Letterman on CBS) visited Mayetta on September 9, 2003 and special Late Show commemorative bricks were placed in front of City Hall in honor of his and the show’s visit to Mayetta. Mayetta is one of the relatively few Kansas communities which still have a brick main street.