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arco building

ARCO Building

Prairie Oil & Gas Company Office The Prairie Oil and Gas Company was a large competitor of Sinclair, and was founded in 1900.  During its initial four years, the Prairie Oil and Gas...

Vermilya-Boener House

Vermilya-Boener House

Cruising down the back roads of Douglas County you come across some interesting and at times amazing things. The Vermilya-Boener House is one of those amazing things. Initially, it can be almost...

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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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...

barber school district no. 82

Barber School District No. 82

Barber School District No. 82 was formed in July of 1871 by the county superintendent. It was comprised of portions of Districts 15, 40 and 8. Citizens quickly got to work on issuing bonds for a...

Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant

Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant

Sunflower Ordnance Works Starting originally as the Sunflower Ordnance Works and would eventually become the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, this plant was a city of its own. Spreading across over...

Edwin Smith Mansion

Edwin A. Smith Home

Joseph C. Smith Sr. and Mary Francis Burt Smith had decided that Wellington Kansas would be the place they settled down to have and raise their children. Mary had birthed four children Edwin, Joseph...

docking building

Docking Building

Throughout the 1940s and early 50s state agencies were housed within the State Capitol building and other private buildings throughout the city. As time went on the idea of a single, modern state...

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...

airplane graveyard

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...

Lehigh Portland Cement Plant

Lehigh Portland Cement Plant

Iola Portland Cement Plant Construction on the 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 Kansas area it...

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...

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