Near Harper in Harper County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Two miles northeast of here, in 1890, stood a typical English village. Curving driveways led to English-style houses set among rows of clipped hedges. Nearby were polo grounds, a steeplechase course, a race track, tennis courts, and a football field. Red-coated hunters rode to hounds across the buffalo grass prairie. Farms and orchards were modeled after English estates and on the townsite a three-story hotel and other businesses were established. The promoter of all this British activity was an Irishman who persuaded wealthy families to send sons to the colony to learn American farming methods. In practice, Runnymede strongly resembled a modern dude ranch. Although at one time, a hundred young Englishmen lived in the settlement, a number of whom owned estates, it was a failure as a colony. When hard times came old Runnymede collapsed and most of its remittance men returned to England. Today wheat fields cover the townsite.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 66.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 21.38′ N, 97° 55.881′ W. Marker is near Harper, Kansas, in Harper Touch for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout near NE 60th Road, about six miles northeast of Harper. Marker is in this post office area: Harper KS 67058, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jeff Long Post No. 104 (approx. 7 miles away); The Ole Harper Fountain (approx. 7.1 miles away); Old Runnymede Church (approx. 7.2 miles away); U.S. (Army) Sgt. Willsun Marcus Wayne Mock (approx. 7.4 miles away); City of Norwich Fire Bell (approx. 8.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 15.1 miles away).
Also see . . . The Runnymede Hotel in Kansas. (Submitted on January 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 19, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.