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

St. Francis Hotel

 
 
St. Francis Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2017
1. St. Francis Hotel Marker
Inscription.  Zach T. Fletcher's hotel was built in 1881 and is the two-story stuccoed portion to the right. It originally featured a cut limestone appearance with a one story stone kitchen addition on the east. It also served as the site of the first post office in Nicodemus. The oldest recorded African American operated post office in the U. S.
 
Location. 39° 23.584′ N, 99° 36.927′ W. Marker is in Nicodemus, Kansas, in Graham County. Marker is on Washington Avenue east of 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, directly in front of the subject building. Marker is in this post office area: Bogue KS 67625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Main Street Boom and Beyond (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicodemus (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Nicodemus (about 600 feet away); Nicodemus Baseball History (about 800 feet away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Nicodemus National Historic
St. Francis Hotel (<i>northeast corner view showing various building additions</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2017
2. St. Francis Hotel (northeast corner view showing various building additions)
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1. Nicodemus – A Black Pioneer Town. Zachary Fletcher, one of the town’s first settlers, became the first postmaster and the first entrepreneur in Nicodemus establishing the St. Francis Hotel and a livery stable in 1880. The complex that Fletcher built, which housed the post office, school, hotel and stable, later became known as the Fletcher-Switzer House and was an important focus of activity in the community. The building still stands in Nicodemus today. (Submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Nicodemus, Kansas Settlers. In July of 1877 a small group of men who helped to organize and officially established Nicodemus arrived on the town site from Topeka. Zach Fletcher the postmaster and his wife Jenny, the first woman to arrive on the townsite and a few other settlers were among this first group. In 1877, 1878, and 1879 other settlers arrived in three subsequent large groups. (Submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
St. Francis Hotel Marker (<i>wide view; St. Francis Hotel in background on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2017
3. St. Francis Hotel Marker (wide view; St. Francis Hotel in background on right)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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