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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...

florence health care facility

Florence Health Care Center

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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...

dorrance drug store

Dorrance Drug Store

Much isn’t known about the Dorrance Drug Store, from what we could find it was built prior to 1908. The store can be seen in the picture above next to the Dorrance Post Office which accompanied...

bavaria school

Bavaria School

The small town of Bavaria sounds like something you would run across in Germany rather than Kansas. That’s because its name originates from Germany. Once a bustling town it boasted a brand new...

frederick jail

Frederick Jail

The Frederick Jail is an amazingly preserved example of a single cell jail from the early 1900s. These small jails were typically made of concrete, built to last decades and deter the most...

Arlington School

Arlington School

During the school election of April 1911, a new school building was discussed and decided this is a need that needed to be addressed soon. The nearby towns of Sylvia, Turon and Pretty Prairie had all...

Drinkwater & Schriver Flour Mill

Drinkwater & Schriver Flour Mill

Drinkwater & Schriver Flour Mill 1875-1923 Cedar Point was established with the help of a man from Pennsylvanian named Orlo Henry Drinkwater. Settling in the Cottonwood Valley, he built his...

Lower Snokomo School Dist No. 32

Lower Snokomo School Dist No. 32

The Lower Snokomo Distr. No 32 school is one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses left in rural Kansas. Referred to as both Lower Snokomo and Haubold School the building was constructed in 1890...

sylvia jail

Sylvia Jail

The Sylvia jail cell is a classic single cell with two bunks designed and manufactured by E.T. Barnum. The cell still sits under an awning to try and shield it from the elements. It is similar to...

St. Johns Hospital - Salina

St. Johns Hospital – Salina

The idea for the St. Johns Salina Hospital was pitched by Rev. Father Maher of the Sisters of St. Joseph who then brought the idea to other non-Catholic citizens of Salina who agreed there was a need...

white city jail

White City Jail

In 1907 the first instance of White City’s needs for a jail was published, and again in a 1909 paper. It seemed White City was almost desperate for a lockup to hold those that stepped out of...

belpre jail

Belpre Jail

The Belpre Jail cell sits alone at City Park, a remembrance of our history and how the times of incarceration have changed. It is a single cell made by E.T. Barnum, a popular jail cell manufacturer...

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