Leonardville and Riley, Riley County

Title

Leonardville and Riley, Riley County

Subject

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate - Leonardville and Riley: The Evolution Of A Small Town Rivalry

Description

Two towns located five miles apart make for instant rivals. Located in Riley County, the towns of Leonardville and Riley competed to establish a post office and attract the attention of a railroad. Leonardville won the first battle and boomed while for several years the town of Riley struggled to survive. The town of Riley was revived when the Rock Island railroad connected Bala, Riley and Keats. From that point, the two towns competed on most everything from church building to school sports.
In 1959 consolidation forced the two communities together to form one district. A new high school was built half-way between the two towns. The new district was called Riley County Schools, not Riley and not Leonardville.

Creator

Angela Schnee

Source

The Chapman Center For Rural Studies

Publisher

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Date

Fall 2010

Rights

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Relation

Kansas State University, Department of History

Format

pdf

Files

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Leonardville VS Riley

Citation

Angela Schnee, “Leonardville and Riley, Riley County,” Chapman Center Research Collections, accessed October 19, 2017, http://ccrsresearchcollections.omeka.net/items/show/8.

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