Across the street from the historical society and chamber of commerce is a classic, one-room elongated schoolhouse from Kansas' early days with the obligatory white steeple. In rural America during the period students brought whatever books were at hand from home, meaning that a single classroom might teach from books published in several states!
Along a fairly bland historical Main Street lies this Victorian-era structure now housing the historical society and Chamber of Commerce. Visitors can approach the desks of either and get an idea of what the building appeared in 1900.
Bartlesville in northern Oklahoma offers (like Coffeyville) a wider spectrum of attractions and historic sights. Located about 40 miles to the south of Caney, the town was once the international headquarters for Phillips 66 (now ConocoPhillips). The mansion of Frank Phillips and other historic treasures all lie within this little-frequented county seat.
The larger town of Coffeeville lies due eat of Caney and for the money has more to see. Historic buildings, wonderful church architecture, great museums and an outlaw history make Coffeeville a wonderful stop in a corner of Kansas where there is little else to see or do.