Chalk, Wabaunsee County

Title

Chalk, Wabaunsee County

Subject

The People’s Blacksmith: John Crisp and the Rural Farmers of Rock Creek Township: Chalk Mound, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, 1850 to 1950

Description

This paper will tell the story of Chalk, Kansas, from the initial settlement in the 1850s to the last business closing in 1956. It will focus on the story of blacksmiths in Chalk and specifically John Crisp, the blacksmith in business there for fifty years. The three blacksmiths who served the Chalk Mound area supported a landscape of black and white farming and ranching. Rock Creek Township in Wabaunsee County was home to a racially integrated community between 1880 and 1900, and Chalk held isolated rural farm families together. The closing of the post office in 1907 ended Chalk’s development. This study uses plat maps, newspaper articles, two important newspaper columns, site studies, and informal interviews.

Creator

Michael Spachek

Publisher

Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Date

Spring 2016

Contributor

Kansas State University

Relation

Chapman Center for Rural Studies

Format

PDF

Language

English

Files

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Chalk, Wabaunsee County.pdf

Citation

Michael Spachek, “Chalk, Wabaunsee County,” Chapman Center Research Collections, accessed November 15, 2018, https://ccrsresearchcollections.omeka.net/items/show/168.

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