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 Homesteading in Gove County


Originally, Campus was a Union Pacific Railroad stop. Campus was first called "Elizabeth". The Campus Post Office was established in 1905. The town was platted in 1906.

In its early years, Campus had 2 general stores, a lumber yard, a blacksmith shop, a farm implement store, a church, a schoolhouse, a depot, a post office, an elevator, a stockyard and 5 residences. The schoolhouse, District No. 57, was organized in 1911.

A church was built in 1906 and organized in 1907 as an English Evangelical Lutheran Church. It began declining with the community around 1910.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


Gove County Historical Museum
They used the following sources in writing this information.

"History and Heritage of Gove County". Gove County Historical Museum.

Harrington, W. P. "History of Gove County, Kansas".


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Extended Hours starting Sunday, March 23 until the end of the semester:
Sun:             1:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Friday:         7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
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   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099