Nicodemus in Graham County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Their industry brought approving notices in Kansas newspapers. one story concerned a farmer who with one cow “broke and improved twelve acres of prairie and cultivated eight acres of corn: his wife drives the cow and keeps the flies off.” Another spaded a four-foot hedge row around 160 acres of land. Edward P. McCabe, who joined the colony in 1878, served two terms as state auditor, 1883–1887, the first Negro to hold a major state office.
By 1887, Nicodemus had churches, stores, lodges a school and two newspapers, but its future was blighted when a projected railroad failed to materialize. Nevertheless, these pioneers who built so much with so little hold a proud place in the Kansas story.
Erected by State Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 42.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
Location. 39° 23.65′ N, 99° 36.826′ W. Marker is in Nicodemus, Kansas, in Graham County. Marker is on U.S. 24. Touch for map. It’s actually on South Ave, which parallels US 24 in town. The marker is on the east end of town between 1st and 2nd Streets. It faces US 24. 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 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Nicodemus (about 400 feet away); St. Francis Hotel (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nicodemus Baseball History (approx. ¼ mile away).
Regarding Nicodemus. Nicodemus National Historical Site includes the entire town. There is a visitor center with information and background in the old Township Hall at the corner of 1st and Main. It’s visible across the lawn from the marker to the southeast.
Also see . . . Nicodemus National Historic Site. (Submitted on September 27, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.)
1. Nicodemus Marker
Per the Kansas Historical Society web site, This sign was replaced in 2011-2012.
— Submitted October 13, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
Categories. • African Americans • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,352 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. 5. submitted on October 13, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 6. submitted on August 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. 7, 8. submitted on October 13, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 9, 10. submitted on August 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. 11. submitted on October 13, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 12, 13. submitted on August 6, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.