Farming proved to be unprofitable and severe winters produced hardships. To supplement their meager incomes, colonists sold their equipment and livestock, took jobs with the railroad, mortgaged their land, and established businesses in nearby Ravanna and Eminence. As the two towns died out in the 1890s after a bitter county seat battle lost by both towns, the colonists sold or abandoned their homesteads. A decade after the colony was established, none of the colonists remained and the land reverted to prairie.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kansas Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 3.561′ N, 100° 27.706′ W. Marker is near Ravanna, Kansas, in Finney County. Marker is at the intersection of Kansas Route 156 and Kansas Route 23, on the right when traveling west on State Route 156. Located in rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cimarron KS 67835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.