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Neosho Falls School

Neosho Falls School

Neosho Falls was a boomtown like any other, oil was struck, the population surged and then the money ran out and people left. But unlike most other boomtowns Neosho Falls experienced a second surge...

Council Grove Jail

Council Grove Jail

Constructed in 1870 the Council Grove jail was originally bigger than this, two stories in fact. Located in the all behind Strieby Blacksmith Shop was the original wooden structure with a gabled roof...

Cottonwood Falls Jail

Cottonwood Falls Jail

The small Cottonwood Falls or Chase County Jail was constructed in 1870, one of the earliest calabooses I’ve encountered. It was Chase County’s first jail, which made it a little bit...

Vernon School

Rural High School Vernon Kansas

Before the current Rural Vernon School, there was just Vernon High School, presumably built in the mid-1910s. School lunches at the school cost around 2 1/2 cents which would run you about 44 cents...

Simons Church

St Simon’s Episcopal Church

Sunday School of St. Simon’s James H. Guy was the first African American to practice law under the Ohio Supreme Court when he was admitted in 1882. Coming to Topeka in the mid-1800s James...

St Simon's Episcopal Church

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...

St Simon's Episcopal Church

McKinley Elementary School

To Read More And See More Pictures Click Here to Order ‘Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World’ Lane School The history of the McKinley school and property dates back to 1879, before it...

St Simon's Episcopal Church

Wheatley Provident Hospital

Perry Sanitarium and Nurse Training Association Dr. John Edward Perry moved to Kansas City in 1903, upon arrival there were only sixteen beds available at the city hospital for minority patients...

Sauer Castle

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...

Havana School

Havana School

In early March of 1915, the Havana School Board started campaigning for bids on a new school. Around $9,000 would need to be raised to construct the brick and stone school, L.F. Carson was hired as...

Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church – Emmeram

Twenty-five members attending St. Fidelis Church nearby petitioned for another church to be constructed just north of Victoria, Kansas in a town called Norddorf. Norddorf was a very small community...

menninger clinic

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...

St Simon's Episcopal Church

Plaza Theater

Original Plaza Theater The first Plaza Theater of Burlington was constructed in 1940. It didn’t have long to create success before a terrible flood ravaged the community. In late May of 1941...

St Simon's Episcopal Church

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...

St Simon's Episcopal Church

Elgin, KS

Elgin was founded in 1869 by Lyman P. Getman, with one of the earliest most prominent families in the town coming a few months later. That being the family of Romulus (Rome) Hanks, cousin of Abraham...

St Simon's Episcopal Church

LeRoy Jail

The first LeRoy jail was built in the early 1900s most likely of wood. The jail then was burned down in December of 1910. A new jail was built, this time of concrete to prevent the same disaster from...

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