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  • Collection: Lost Kansas Communities

Bellegard and Mariadahl, Pottawatomie County

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Against all hopes, Bellegard, the Swedish farming oasis, never truly became a town. But in symbiosis with Mariadahl, both “towns” persisted for approximately 30 years before Bellegard dissolved. Their union was the only thing that kept either…

Berea, Franklin County

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"A Flash in the Pan with a Lasting Legacy" by Laine Raitinger A history of the early settlement of Berea Kansas in Franklin County, Kansas.

Bethany-Hillside, Clay County

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Mabel Dunham did much to preserve the history of Bethany Church while an active member. Her personal memoirs and weekly column in the Clay Center Times newspaper bring to life the love and devotion the community felt for their small rural Kansas…

Bigelow, Marshall County

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This study examines the unique factors that influenced the development, progress, and eventual destruction of the lost community of Bigelow. This study includes fieldwork of the former town site, photographs, scholarly journals, and historical…

Blasing Springs, Riley County

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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…

Blood Creek, Pottawatomie County

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The authors use the oral tale of the village of Blood Creek as a starting point foe their research. Using field work, genealogical inquiry, and historic documents the authors are able to piece together the history of the Blood Creek settlement in…

Bloomington, Osborne County

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The town of Bloomington, Kansas, started out as Tilden in 1870 and received its name change three years later. At its peak, around 1930, Bloomington had seventy-five residents and boasted a bank, grocery store, telephone company, restaurant,…

Bodarc, Butler County

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This document provides a comprehensive history of the lost community of Bodarc (Bois D’ Arc) from the time that the Osage Indians settled the land to present day. Bodarc was unofficially founded in 1875 and included a mill, general store,…

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.

Bradford, Wabaunsee County

The District 27 class of 1938. Source: Wabaunsee County Historical Society
Bradford, located in Section 23 of Wilmington Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, was a small community that tells a unique story of racial coexistence and rural population decline. Black and white residents both called the area home and coexisted in…