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Homesteading in Saline County


The first Swedish immigrants settled in this area of the valley in 1868 and 1869. A group of 40 adults and several children arrived from Bishop Hill and Galva, Illinois in 1869. Their leader Eric Fors and his family had left Sweden in 185 and settled in Bishop Hill, Illinois. He served as a major in the Civil War. In 1871 the settlers organized the Falun Township, naming it after Fors' home in Sweden.

The Salina to Marquette Missouri Pacific RR made Falun a station in 1886. The Falun Lutheran Church was organized in 1887 and at one time served 300 people. Much of the property of the Falun area was absorbed into Camp Phillips during World War II.


Information from Ken Carman 


Hours and Contacts

Monday,April 21 Forsyth will close at 10 pm because of no electricity

Spring Hours:
Sun:             1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday:         7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:            10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For current month(s) and detailed information, please select desired month under announcements (below).

Phone: 785.628.4434
Fax: 785.628.4096
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   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099