Russell in Russell County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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Created in honor of Irishman Nicholas Gernon, a blacksmith by trade and one of the original members of the Ripon Colony - founders of Russell in 1871. He served as director of the Town Site Company well into the mid 1880s. In 1872 he built the family home immediately north of the blacksmith site. Early Catholic Masses were said in the parlor.
Erected by Russell County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 38° 53.596′ N, 98° 51.532′ W. Marker is in Russell, Kansas, in Russell County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street and Kansas Street, on the left when traveling east on 8th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Russell KS 67665, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II Memorial Barn Quilt (here, next to this marker); Kansas Street (a few steps from this marker); Nicholas Gernon Blacksmith Shop (a few steps from this Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke (a few steps from this marker); Nicholas Gernon Home (a few steps from this marker); Dream Theater (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Post Office / Mural (approx. 0.2 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russell.
Also see . . .
1. Gernon House Museum, Russell KS. Museum website homepage (Submitted on June 29, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Russell County, in Cutler's History of Kansas (1883). Kansas Collection Books website entry (Submitted on June 29, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.