Girard in Crawford County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Centennial Birthdate February 28, 1868-1968
Dr. Charles H. Strong was a native of Girard, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Strong's dream came true when he decided to go deer hunting and possibly locate the geographical center of Crawford County, which had just been established in Southeast Kansas February 13, 1867. While hunting, a deer jumped up out of the grass and was shot by Dr. Strong who drove a stake where the deer fell; on which he placed a card and a bunch of grass stating that he had taken the land and Girard was to be located thereon; naming it in honor of his home town Girard, Pennsylvania.
Erected by Major John Mason Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists.
Location. 37° 30.584′ N, 94° 50.593′ W. Marker is in Girard, Kansas, in Crawford County. Marker is at the intersection of Summit Street (Kansas Route 7) and Prairie Street, on the left when traveling south on Summit Street. Click for map. Marker is near the southwest corner of the county courthouse grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Girard KS 66743, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First State Bank of Girard (within shouting distance of this marker); Bennefeld VFW Post 7479 War Memorial "Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial" (about 400 feet away); Carnegie Library (about 500 feet away); Appeal to Reason (about 500 feet away); American Legion Post 26 Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Garden of Memories Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.5 miles away); Helm American Legion Post 182 Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Girard.
Also see . . .
1. Girard, Kansas. (Submitted on October 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Girard, Kansas. (Submitted on October 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. History of Girard, Kansas. (Submitted on October 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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