Downtown Augusta, Inc. is committed to  Business. Institutions. Heritage. Promoting Pride.Business.

Downtown Augusta, Inc is a non-profit agency committed to increasing consumer business, strengthening retail and professional institutions, assisting in the preservation and maintenance of the community's heritage and promoting pride in the community's institutions and achievements through design, promotion, economic restructuring, and organization.

About Downtown Augusta, Inc.

Downtown Augusta, Inc. is a comprehensive program, working with building and business owners, entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and other interested persons to ensure the success of THIS community. We focus on community revitalization through economic development and historic preservation.

Design Consultation

DAI provides design consultations to property owners and merchants to improve the appearance and customer appeal of their establishments.

Event Assistance

DAI organizes or assists with promotional events that draw hundreds of people to town, including Bikers on the Bricks, Women's Fair, Spaghetti Supper, April Fools Run/Walk, Chili Cook Off, Young Professionals Group, and more!

Share Information

DAI helps keep residents and merchants informed about downtown developments through personal visits, press releases, social media and our monthly newsletters.

Free Advertising

DAI offers FREE advertising to our members through various channels such as our monthly newsletter, our website, our social media and downtown events.

Funding Research

DAI seeks funding for special enhancements for our Downtown through grants, private donations, investors and other fund raising efforts.


DAI acts as a liason between the City and the downtown businesses and organizations to enhance, grow and preserve our historic downtown district.

About Augusta

Chester N. JamesChester N. James founded Augusta in 1868, naming the town after his wife, Augusta.  He and Wm. Shamleffer also erected the first building in Augusta, The Shamleffer and James General Store.

Chester came to Butler County in 1868 at the age of 32.  He and Mr. Wm. Shamleffer purchased 80 acres of what is now downtown Augusta, for $40.00.  Mr. James, who managed the Shamleffer and James General Store - the first building erected in the city of Augusta - established the Augusta Post Office and served as Postmaster for six years.  He took an active role in the organization of both the Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge.  Instrumental in all aspects of the town's development, he became Augusta's first Mayor and was Superintendent of School for six years.  He also served as Justice of the Peace and was elected Clerk of the District Court for four consecutive years.

Augusta JamesAugusta James, wife of Chester N. James, also came to Butler County in 1868 with her husband.  When it became time to establish a post office, it was realized that the settlement would need a name.  An election was held and Augusta took the honor.  It is said her name was chosen because of her generosity and friendliness to all.  Mr. and Mrs. James moved from the area sometime in the mid 1880's.

Historic information from Images in Time, Augusta 1868 - 1968, a pictoral book compiled by Virginia Belt and Doylene Foreman.

Augusta Today 

Augusta, Kansas is located in Butler County, ten miles east of the Wichita metro area.  In 2013, the estimated population was 9,203.

Nearby Parks and Recreation

  • Augusta City Lake
  • Butler State Park
  • El Dorado State Lake
  • Santa Fe Lake

Links to the Augusta Community 

City of Augusta, Kansas 
Augusta Chamber of Commerce 
Augusta Department of Public Safety (Police and Fire) 
Augusta Historical Museum 
Augusta Historical Society 
Augusta Historic Theater 
Augusta Public Library 
Augusta Public Schools (USD 402) 
Butler County Times-Gazette (Community Newspaper)