Near Kismet in Seward County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fargo Springs and 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.
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1885.
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).
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 366 times since then and 19 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.