Lexington:: From Liberty's Birthplace to Progressive Suburb

Lexington:: From Liberty's Birthplace to Progressive Suburb

by Richard Kollen

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From towns like Liberal and Beer City to Kismet and Arkalon, Seward County has been the home of a tough, yet imaginative, people. Seymour Rogers, who homesteaded in the southern portion of the county, hand-dug a well and provided travelers with free water. Before long, the "liberal well" became the town of Liberal. The late 1880s saw settlers making their way to southwest Kansas to claim their 160 acres and hopefully fulfill their dreams. Farmers, ranchers, newspaper editors, shopkeepers, and a few ne'er-do-wells populated Seward County. Liberal became the county seat after a battle between what are now the ghost towns of Fargo Springs and Springfield. Horrific dust storms, grinding depressions, blizzards, and droughts tested the pioneers. Those that stayed were eventually rewarded by returning rains, the discovery of oil and gas, and the construction of a B-24 Army Air Base. With a spirit borne of those sturdy pioneers, the people of Liberal and Seward County have come a long way.

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ISBN-13: 9781439614082
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 553,489
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

Author Richard Kollen has taught history in Lexington's schools since 1974 and is also a lecturer at Boston's Northeastern University. A professional historian with articles published in various journals, he has received numerous teaching awards along with the Massachusetts Historical Society's Adams Fellowship and also serves as archivist for the Lexington Historical Society. In this new volume he combines alluring historic photographs with a fresh and engaging narrative that examines the essence of Lexington both before and long after that famous April morning.

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