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Homesteading in Lane County


The townships of White Rock, Wilson and Cheyenne voted to raise a $1600 bond for the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic Railroad Company in February 1887. By May, the railroad was building tracks five mile east of the White Rock store, and eventually the railroad had set up stations in Cheyenne Township (Healy), Wilson Township (Shields), and White Rock Township (Dennis).

John V. Moffitt, president of the Memphis and Denver Town Company, founded this town site which was platted on August 17, 1887. Richard Shields, a homesteader southeast of the platted land, was the namesake for the new town. On December 22, 1887, a post office was established. A church and a school were built soon after, and in the 1890's, Shields had the Cottage Hotel and a general store. By 1910, its population was forty-eight.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


"A Historical Record of Lane County, Founded June 3, 1886." Dighton, KS: Lane County Historical Society, 1961.

Stanley, Ellen May. "Early Lane County History: 12,000 B.C.-A.D. 1884". Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1993.

Stanley, Ellen May. "Early Lane County Development". Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1999.

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