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The ghost town of Saffordville, in eastern Chase County, was established in the 1870s along the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. The town never incorporated, but by the early 1900s had a myriad of commercial businesses and over two hundred…

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In this paper you will see how twin town rivalry can lead to the death of a town. This will be done using the case study of Solomon Rapids located in Mitchell County Kansas. This study includes recent photographs of the Solomon Rapids town site.

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The author uses newspaper articles and historic documents to tell the story of the town of Strawberry, Kansas. She is able to give an explanation of the towns growth and reasons for its eventual demise.
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