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Homesteading in Gove County

Hackberry Community - Plum Creek Community - Swedish Community

Three large settlements within Gove County in the late 1880's were not organized towns but were active communities. The Hackberry Community, located south of Quinter in the Hackberry Valley, centered its activities around the Hackberry School. They formed a Farmer's Union in 1916.

The Plum Creek community was located on the strip of Plum Creek that crosses Lewis Township. Part of the community was located in the Swedish settlement in Jerome Township. Consequently, many settlers at Plum Creek were Swedes as well as other foreigners. The Coin Schoolhouse and Coin Post Office existed for several years in the settlement. The Plum Creek Community also formed a telephone service and had a second school called Plum Creek Schoolhouse. The community also had a Farmer's Union.

The Swedish Community was settled by Swedish families who located in eastern Lewis Township and western Jerome Township. One of the first undertakings of the Swedes was the organization of a Swedish Lutheran Church and the building of the church between 1886 and 1887.


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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