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Brief History of Ford County, Kansas Towns


Ford, Kansas is located at the junction of the Arkansas River and Mulberry Creek, the site of a near confrontation on the Santa Fe Trail between Capt. Cook of the U.S. Army Dragoons and Col. Jacob Snively of the Republic of Texas.


Kingsdown, Kansas--Located on the C. R. I. & P. -- Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad in 1887.

James A. Adams was born about 1870. He contracted TB in the Spanish American War and was in and out of hospitals. He came from Kansas City, MO to Plains, Meade County, Kansas about 1909 as head contractor to build the first large high school in Plains. He married Ella Pearl Gantt February 26, 1910 and moved to Kingsdown, Ford County, Kansas. He bought a large department store in Kingsdown, Kansas and ran it for about 2 years until he became too ill to work. Their daughter was born in 1910 in Kingsdown, Kansas. No other children. He died after 1910 in a hospital in San Antonio, Texas from TB. He is supposedly buried in KC, MO. Source: Cori Relf-Glasgow (cori@garter.mcm.hp.com).

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Site author: George Laughead, manager, WWW-VL: United States History.
Thanks to Lynn H. Nelson, original author, WWW-VL: History: The American West.
Site previously maintained at the University of Kansas. Posted: updated: 02 November 2009.