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Five Creeks, Clay County

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By definition, a township is a geographic division of six square miles that acts as a subdivision of a county. A township does not actually have to include a town to qualify as a township. Thus Five Creeks, located in Clay County, Kansas, is known to…

Hillside, Clay County

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In 1868, Hillside Schoolhouse was built to withstand time. It had thick, limestone walls and was built on a hill, hence the name. Most Hillside students came from farm families, and were mainly of English descent.

Idana, Clay County

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Idana is a small community with a large heart for its church and people. In 1887, the Idana Presbyterian Church began and has remained strong ever since. The church’s centennial in 1987 brought people from Idana back home, traveling from as far as…

Broughton, Clay County

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At the latest estimate, Kansas may have nearly 9,000 vanished, named communities. These places had many faces: small crossroads villages; depot mail drops on rail lines, lingering communities that coalesced around a church, rapidly-fading religious…

Longford, Clay County

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This is a study of the currently viable small town of Longford, Kansas, in Clay County. It traces the history of the town from its founding as a railroad community on the ATSF line heading west through its survival today. Sources include interviews…

Iwacura, Clay County

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Before the advent of the automobile, Iwacura arose out of necessity to disperse mail and save souls. James Henry Geist established a post office and the United Brethren Church was built nearby. Both served local farms in the area when it was an…

Fancy Creek, Clay County

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Fancy Creek was not a town at all, but a loose collection of settler homesteads in a township originally named Goshen. Goshen Township was first established and settled on March 18th, 1860 by Capt. G. Shaubel and others who came from the town of…

Madura, Clay County

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The story of one missionary’s journey around the world, eventually ending in Kansas and the founding of a town, incorporates biographies, census data, genealogical research, photographs, plat maps, and personal interviews.

Mulberry, Clay County

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Mulberry was once a Clay County township with thriving stores, hotels, and other businesses, a place where settlers could come with new ideas and prosper. At the same time Mulberry settlers were chasing the new "American Dream" they themselves were…

Swedesburg, Clay County

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Swedish immigrants established the first homestead in what became Garfield Township in 1868. Churches provided the foundation of the Swedesburg community, which overcame the Great Depression, both world wars, and a 1973 tornado.