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Author - Emily Cowan

Emily is a three-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" - "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World" and "Abandoned Kansas: Healthcare in the Heartland. With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

Seward Jail

Seward Jail

According to local historian Charlie Keller he was alive when the jail was built between 1924-1926. The story behind why the jail was built offers a new explanation to why many of these small towns...

hope jail

Hope Jail

Sitting in the backyard of Mr. Palmer’s home is a single cell jail. “It came with the house when I bought three years ago. The home used to belong to the town banker.” How it ended...

Doctor W.B. Jones Home

Doctor W.B. Jones Home

This abandoned homestead located seemingly out in the middle of nowhere depicts a stone engraved above a window, ‘Doctor W.B. Jones 1878’.  The Doctor W.B. Jones Home belonged to William...

achenbach memorial hospital

Achenbach Memorial Hospital

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florence health care facility

Florence Health Care Center

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Topeka State Hospital

Topeka State Hospital

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osawatomie state hospital

Osawatomie State Hospital

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katy hospital

Katy Hospital

To Read A Fully Detailed History, Former Patient/Staff Stories, and See 50+ Exclusive High-Quality Pictures Click Here to Order ‘Abandoned Kansas: Healthcare in the Heartland’ In 1865 the...

St. Patricks (Walnut) Gym

St. Patricks (Walnut) Gym

On May 26th, 1949 the citizens of Walnut were invited to the grand opening of the brand new St. Patricks Auditorium. An all-day bazaar was advertised in the local newspaper with dinner at 12 pm...

Wayside School

Wayside School

In 1916 Wayside was approved for a new brick one-story school with a basement and modern facilities. The space was used for community events, suppers, reunions, weddings, etc and continued to host...

liberty school

Liberty School

Libert School was constructed in 1929 as a one-story brick school that was rather long including the gymnasium inside. The school still has the old wooden merry-go-round, monkey bars and swings out...

longfellow school

Longfellow Grade School

The long-neglected and vandalized Longfellow Grade School was constructed in 1955 to replace the former Longfellow School that sat on the same property. The new school opened for classes after the...

Big John School

Big John School District No. 39

The Big John School also known as Lower Big John School (there was also an Upper Big John) is one of the greatest examples I have ever seen of existing small schoolhouses in the Midwest. Located in...

preston school

Preston School

The beautiful brick building that you see today sitting in the small town of Preston covered in vines and hidden by towering trees was constructed in 1921 as the Preston School. It didn’t...

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