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Homesteading in Greeley County

Greeley Center

The Greeley Town Company formed on October 20, 1885, and they wanted to start a town that would bring in settlers to Greeley County. On February 11, 1886, the Greeley Town Company submitted a town plat for Greeley Center. Immigration to Greeley Center grew very rapidly, with as much as 75 new arrivals coming in one days time.

Greeley Center enjoyed its growing atmosphere until the town of Horace came into existence on August 11, 1886. Greeley Center lost a significant number of businesses to Horace, but the town continued t hang on. Greeley Center began to grow again as a town, but in June 1887 the Denver, Memphis, and Atlantic Railroad put tracks through the town of Horace and left Greeley Center unable to sustain their growth. Due to the railroad not going through Greeley Center, it ultimately became the second ghost town in Greeley County. The last reminiscence of Greeley Center was plowed and cleared away by 1894, never to be seen again.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.

Sources

Smith, Winifred, et al. History of Early Greeley County: A Story of its Tracks, Trails and Tribulations. Vol. 1. Tribune: Greeley County Historical Book Committee, 1981.

Sorensen, Conner. Ghost Towns of Greeley County Kansas. Tribune: Greeley County Republican, 1967.

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