GARDEN CITY- KANSAS

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

Garden City

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Population 26.000

In February 1878, James Fulton and William Fulton, arrived at the present site of Garden City.The land was a loose, sandy loam, and covered with sagebrush and soap weeds.
Main Street ran directly north and south, dividing William and James claims. As soon as they could get building material, they erected two frame houses. William build on the east side of Main Street a house one story and a half high, with two rooms on the ground and two rooms above. This was called the Occidental Hotel. At the end of the first year there were only four buildings.

In january 1879 Charles "Buffalo" Jones came to Garden City for an antelope hunt. The Fulton brothers procured his services to promote Garden City, and especially in trying to influence the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad to put in a switch station. The railroad agreed to place its station at Garden City.

The first issue of "The Garden City Newspaper" appeared April 3, 1879. Three months after the paper was established, the editor stated, "There are now forty buildings in town."

During the years of 1885-1887, a rush was made for Western Kansas. The streets were crowded with horses, wagons, buggies, and ox teams. During the height of the boom the town had nine lumber yards. Lumber was hauled in all directions to build up inland towns, and to improve the nearby homesteads. Thirteen drug stores were in operation. Nearly everyone used kerosene lamps, and a few were placed on posts on Main Street. Passenger trains arrived daily, loaded with people, most of whom got off at Garden City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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