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Historic preservation is economic development

A key to being successful in economic development is figuring out what makes us unique and capitalizing on it. We live in a beautiful part of the state with one of our most noteworthy features being our limestone buildings, fence rows, and structures. These are huge assets for us we can use to grow our economy.

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Effort begins to preserve buildings in Denmark

Work is underway in Denmark, Kansas, to preserve the buildings representing the community’s early history and Danish heritage. | Photo credit: Jennifer McDaniel

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Lutheran churches to celebrate 135th

The St. John and Bethlehem Lutheran churches in Lincoln and Sylvan Grove celebrated a milestone as both houses of worship observed their 135th anniversaries with special events and activities. | Photo credit: Tyler Gier

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Live Lincoln County magazine released

After months of work, the new Live Lincoln County magazine is available in both print and online digital publication formats.

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Work begins on Sylvan depot foundation

This past month a new concrete foundation was poured for the Sylvan Grove Union Pacific Railroad Depot, replacing the crumbling underpinning supporting the last surviving depot in Lincoln County.

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Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove awarded grant

Nearly $10,000 in funding has been awarded to the Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove to support portions of a much larger restoration effort | Photo by Kelly Larson

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Historic Sylvan depot moved

Historic Sylvan depot moved – Restoration begins with temporary relocation | Photo by Kelly Larson

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Historic Highlights of Lincoln County, KS

This brochure, printed in 2001 by the Lincoln Art Center, is an adaptation of a 1937 original edition by Frank Arlo Cooper (1904-1968). It includes a hand-drawn map of many historical markers and locations of historical significance in Lincoln County.

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Lincoln Reenactment

Lincoln Reenactment Abraham Lincoln Look-A-Like contest | Photo by Kathie Crispin

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Sylvan Grove Community Day

The Sylvan Historical Society stages their annual Community Day the first Sunday in June each year in Sylvan Grove’s City Park. Reminiscent of days gone by, the day begins with a church service in the park and includes a potluck lunch, frog and turtle races, dill pickle eating contest, historical tours and musical entertainment. The …

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Post Rock Capital of Kansas

Lincoln County officially became a Kansas county in 1870. Early settlers staking their claims and fencing their property lines needed an affordable material to build their fences. In this area of Kansas, near the soil surface, is a layer of limestone rock that is easily quarried and breaks into manageable chunks. Long lines of Post Rock fence posts are still seen today bordering the pastures.

The area known as “Post Rock Country” stretches for approximately 200 miles from the Nebraska border on the north to Dodge City on the south. The limestone that is found here comes from the uppermost bed of the Greenhorn Formation. It was out of necessity that settlers in the late 1800s began turning back the sod and cutting posts from the layer of rock that lay underneath. By the mid-1880s limestone fence posts were in general use because of the widespread use of barbed wire.

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