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Near Kismet in Seward County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Fargo Springs and Springfield

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2014
1. Fargo Springs and Springfield Marker
Inscription.  The importance of railroads to the early settlement and prosperity of the West is nowhere better illustrated than in the stories of two Seward county towns. Fargo Springs, founded in 1885 about three miles south of here, was the first town established in the county. The next year Springfield was located where this marker stands. In June it was named the temporary county seat but in August, after an election, the government was moved to Fargo Springs. The vote was contested and when re-canvassed in 1887 the county seat was returned to Springfield.

Fargo Springs ended its brief existence in 1888. It not only had lost its fight with Springfield, but more disastrously had been bypassed by the rapidly building Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska railway, part of the Rock Island. Springfield in turn failed to get its railroad and in 1892 lost the county seat to Liberal (16 miles south). In 1897 the Springfield and Fargo Springs town- sites were officially vacated.

Two towns withered and died~unhappy proof of the vital need for rail connections in the vast and then underdeveloped Western frontier.
 
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Fargo Springs and Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2014
2. Fargo Springs and Springfield Marker
Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 92.)
 
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. 37° 16.362′ N, 100° 52.108′ W. Marker is near Kismet, Kansas, in Seward County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 160 and U.S. 83, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 160. Marker is on the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kismet KS 67859, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Arkalon and the Samson of the Cimarron (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Fargo Springs and Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 5, 2014
3. Fargo Springs and Springfield Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 335 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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