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Nicodemus in Graham County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Together We Gather

Nicodemus National Historic Site

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Together We Gather Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 19, 2019
1. Together We Gather Marker
Inscription.  
"One of the main things we did at (Nico)Demus was skate and dance at the Hall at Christmas. Oh man, old young tried to skate."
Bernard Bates, Nicodemus descendant

Construction of the Township Hall gave Nicodemus a community building with electricity and a stage. Twelve residents-black and white- quarried rock and built the Hall from 1937-39. People gathered here for weekly dances, community events, roller-skating, "pay parties," and elections.

Community life has always been vital in Nicodemus. Churches and benevolent societies were active social forces from the 1870s. During the Great Depression, the federal government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) paid unemployed people to learn new skills. Nicodemus residents learned new trades while building their community center.

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Workers planed the door for the front of the Hall. They quarried magnesia limestone in neighboring Rooks County since it was stronger that the local stone.
The Hall continues to hst town meetings, special programs, and Homecoming gatherings. The National Park Service's

Nicodemus Town Hall image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 19, 2019
2. Nicodemus Town Hall
Visitor Center here includes exhibits, a park store, and an audiovisual program.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCharity & Public WorkSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 39° 23.593′ N, 99° 36.887′ W. Marker is in Nicodemus, Kansas, in Graham County. Marker is on Washington Avenue just west of 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 Washington Avenue, Bogue KS 67625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Street Boom and Beyond (a few steps from this marker); St. Francis Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Mail From Back Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicodemus (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leaning On The Land (about 500 feet away); We've Come This Far By Faith (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Nicodemus Baseball History (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nicodemus.
 
Also see . . .  Nicodemus Nat'l Hist. Site.
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(Submitted on August 15, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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