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The town of Parallel existed in Lincoln Township, Washington County, Kansas. Its unique geography included being located along the border between Washington and Riley County. The town officially existed until 1905 but continued to have residents…

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This is a short history of the hotel and mineral springs community that once existed on land
owned by the William Blasing family, Zeandale Township, Riley County, Kansas. Although not
actually a town, Blasing Springs was a thriving enterprise…

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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…

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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.

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Swedish settlers founded Walsburg in 1866, naming it after nearby Walnut Creek. A small Swedish community grew there for decades. However, after the Union Pacific Railroad left town in 1935, Walsburg declined and became a lost community.

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This is a study of Poliska and Tauromee, Kansas. These two towns, in the vicinity of Manhattan, Kan., only lasted two-three years, due to several factors, including the ever-growing city of Manhattan, which basically sucked both towns in. This study…

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Zeandale, to many who have lived in Riley County, Kansas, for any length of time, is just that one road to the east that one rarely finds reason to take. Turning on to Zeandale Drive, I found myself in this exact position, unable to bring to mind any…

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The decay of Winkler was the loss of not having a railroad run through the town site. A railroad running through a town almost guarantees growth and survival for small towns in Kansas. Glen Stockwell, a local resident near Winkler during the 1930s,…
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