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Elgin, KS

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...

LeRoy Jail

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...

Cherryvale Jail

Cherryvale Jail

The Cherryvale jail or what is known as a calaboose was built sometime between 1890 and 1900. The first reports of the calaboose in newspapers were in 1900. The calaboose was presumeable abandoned in...

Caney Ice Plant Storage House

Caney Ice Plant Storage House

This Caney Ice Plant Storage House was built between 1895-1900, it now sits in a back alleyway covered with vines. During winter months large slabs of ice were pulled from the nearby Little Caney...

Midland Brick Company

Midland Brick Company

Pearl (Peru) Brick Company According to Sanborn maps, it was originally called Pearl Brick Company but throughout its lifespan and many different names, one always stuck. The Peru Brick Company was...

Spring Branch School

Spring Branch School

Spring Branch was a one-room five month subscription country school. It is evident that a school bell used to be in place above the entrance but has since disappeared. The school consisted of a...

Van Buren School

Van Buren School

Before even being built Van Buren School was already experiencing trouble. Board members argued about the street on which the school would be built and as well as funds to start construction. Some...

Cedar Vale Jail

Cedar Vale Jail

This jail is presumed to have been built after 1921, according to The County Liner and Cedar Vale Commercial Dec. 16, 1921 “Cedar Vale’s jail was burned on the night the armistice was...

City Workhouse

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...

Booth Theatre

Booth Theatre

Intro The phenomenal Booth Theatre, named after Thomas Booth, was designed around August 18, 1926, by rebuilding and renovating what was known as the Booth Building that housed offices and businesses...

Topeka State Hospital

Topeka State Hospital

It was determined that Topeka needed a mental institution around the 1870s, the state legislature would put up $25,000 under the condition that they wouldn’t have to buy the plot of land for it...

Imperial Brewing Company Brewery

Imperial Brewing Company Brewery

Construction/Opening The Imperial Brewing Company Brewery was a quite incredible complex. Architect and contractor Ludwig D. Breitag started construction in the summer of 1901. These buildings...

Caney Jail

Caney Jail

In a back alley of Caney barely visible from the street sits this frontier jail that was built in 1888. The structure cost around $27.00 to build, which translates to $728.68 in today’s money...

independence mansion

Bristol McBride Mansion

Norris Bennett Bristol Known as the Independence Mansion, it was originally depicted as a plain two-story square brick mansion with construction starting in 1870 and finishing in 1874. It was to...

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