NAME: Prairie City
COUNTY: Douglas
CLIMATE: Hot in the summer and snow in the winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: October during the Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival.
COMMENTS: I am not sure if there are current residents as it has been years since I have been to the area. The remains of the town is located about 1-1/2 miles west and a bit south of Baldwin, Kansas.
REMAINS: Stone exterior walls and foundations.
Http://kcsun4.Kcstar.Com/schools/baldwinelementary/prairie.Htm digital history....Prairie city was a small and short-lived town, although it was (and still is) an important part of Baldwin history. Prairie City was a town from 1855 to 1883, even though the first building was built in early spring 1854, by Edward Goldsmith. The town was formed from a disagreement of Dr. William Graham and Henry Barricklow of Palmyra. The dispute forced Dr. Graham and his associate L.F. Green to move 2 miles southwest of Palmyra. Prairie City was founded by James Lane, Dr. Graham, L.F. Green, and Salmon S. Prouty (who used the first printing-press in kansas). Prairie City consisted of 320 acres and was called "the little italy of america." The 10 acre Eden Park was called the Eden of Kansas. Once, prairie city had 25 houses, 2 churches, 1 school, 4 stores, 1 hotel, 1 depot, 1 grain mill, 1 bakery, 2 blacksmiths, 1 park, 1 newspaper, 2 doctors, 1 leather shop, a limestone quarry, and a saw mill. Prairie City once had hopes for a college, but the Herber Institute failed before it opened, and later served as a church school for boys. Prairie City had many things to boast about. It had the first printing press in Kansas and it claims to be one of the highest points in Douglas county, Liberty Hill. On march 24, 1883, the county commissioners had certain streets and alleys vacated. The remaining part of Prairie City was fifty percent or 160 acres of what was originally the townsite. Submitted by: Robert L. Dyer