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Magic, Riley County

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The lost community of Magic, located in Riley County, Kansas, was settled by immigrants from Germany in a process of chain migration. The community’s population steadily began to decline in the 1930s and was eventually consumed by the expansion of…

Silkville, Franklin County

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Silkville Ranch was an experimental socialist community founded by Ernest de Boissiere in Franklin County, Williamsburg Township. Although the experiment failed due to financial challenges, Silkville persists as a ranch. This study includes…

Oronoque, Norton County

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This is the story of Oronoque, a small Kansas town in Norton County that once thrived and had importance. Western Kansas is often overlooked, but its history should not be forgotten. This study includes newspaper articles, photographs, and an…

Aubry, Johnson County

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While it may be overlooked today, Aubry, Kansas, played a key role in the Civil War and the history of the Kansas but was out-competed by the nearby town of Stilwell. This study includes newspaper articles, online sources, maps of Kansas and quotes…

St. Clere, Pottawatomie County

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This study illustrates the founding, growth, and decline of the small town of St. Clere in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, which competed unsuccessfully with the nearby town of Emmett. Included within the study are maps, pictures and information about…

Port Byron, Sheridan County

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This study overviews the lost town of Port Byron, Kansas, from its one booming year along the Great Western Trail to its disappearance after the Union Pacific Railway came through and shut down the town. Much information has been provided by…

Squiresville, Johnson County

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A. B. Squires established a large hotel in his new town of Squiresville, which became a destination for Union soldiers and stage line passengers until the end of the Civil War and construction of a nearby railroad closed down the town. This study…

Bodaville, Riley County

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With the general store as the heart of town, Bodaville served as both a home and a stopping point for travelers. Sources for this study include interviews, newspapers, maps, photographs, and firsthand accounts of the town of Bodaville.

St. Mary’s Aleppo, Sedgwick County

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This study overviews the German-Catholic hamlet of St. Mary’s Aleppo, a church community located in western Sedgwick County, Garden Plain Township. Maps, photographs and personal accounts are included.