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White Lakes Mall

To Read More And See Exclusive Pictures of White Lakes Mall Click Here to Order ‘Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World’ Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World Book PRE-ORDER...

Sumner Elementary School

To Read More And See More Pictures Click Here to Order ‘Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World’ 1880-1935 Sumner Schools History The first Sumner school was built around 1875 as a one...

Sauer Castle

Anton Philip Sauer immigrated to Kansas City from New York in 1868. Originally from Hessen Germany, the wealthy entrepreneur spent his younger days traveling all over South America and other...

The Menninger Clinic

To Read More And See More Pictures Click Here to Order ‘Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World’ Security Benefit Association Before there was Menningers there was Security Benefit...

Joyland Amusement Park

PHOTO GALLERY AT THE VERY END The father and son’s trio of Lester, Herb and Harold Ottaways were amusement enthusiasts and excelled in family entertainment. Joyland was not their first venture...

City Workhouse

Prison In February of 1895, a new workhouse for Kansas City was proposed by Alderman Morgan. But with that marked a new age of public structures. Workhouses were often a source of shame for a city...

Yates Center Jail

Tucked away in Yates Center sits a small building, constructed of sandstone with boarded up windows. From the outside you would never guess that this building used to be a jail let alone one that was...

Star-Vue Theatre

The Star-Vue Theatre, most popularly known and photographed for its vintage and rustic sign was constructed in 1950. During the 1950s the drive-in movie theatre business boomed and people in small...

All Saints Catholic Church – Liberty

The history of the All Saints Catholic Church in Liberty, Kansas dates back to the 1880s when the church was first organized. Services were held in members’ houses, most of the time in the...

Airplane Graveyard

Never in my life had I ever come across something like what sits in a field out in Northeastern Kansas. A landfill of decommissioned planes that no longer fly, an airplane graveyard. Most of them...

Chamness School

When it was built in 1867-68 it was actually known as the Welsh School. The Welsh school began to serve the community after students had been attending a subscription school in the log church that...

Coyville Gym

Coyville School received $24,249.75 to improve/build new buildings in 1935. This is approximately the time this gym was built, most schools did not receive additional funding for gymnasiums until...

Bartlett Jail

There isn’t much known about this small jail. It was presumably constructed in the early 1900s and discontinued in the 1930s or 1940s. It seems to have been used as a shed in its more recent...

Pleasant Valley School

This native sandstone one-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1881 just on the outskirts of Yates Center. There is two different colored sandstones giving evidence of an addition later on. Six years...

County Line School

On the backroads of Ottawa County lies a tiny red brick, vernacular, one-room schoolhouse. The County Line School gets its name from its location, right on the Ottawa and Lincoln County line. Built...

Allen County Jail

Through the 1860s, Allen County struggled over their lack of a jail, proclaiming criminals looked at the Allen County judicial system as a laughing stock and encouraged them to commit crimes...

Cedar Point Consolidated School

In 1918 a devasting fire completely destroyed the Cedar Point School, quickly classes were moved to Principal Mrs. Ada Lake’s home. Miss Myrtle Self and Miss Henry Young held their classes in...

Lehigh Portland Cement Plant

Iola Portland Cement Plant Construction on what would become Iola Portland Cement Plant started in 1899 on 600 acres of land just south of town. Being one of a handful of popup cement plants in the...

Mulvane Jail

There has long been speculation over when this jail was built with dates in between 1883-1885 being thrown out there but according to government insurance maps and newspapers, this jail first...

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