Old Runnymede ~ Harper County, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 21.378 W 097° 55.893
14S E 594622 N 4134934
English estates in Kansas? Yes, and here is why.
Waymark Code: WM9NP0
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 09/10/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
Views: 6

County of Marker: Harper County
Location of Marker: K-2, roadside turnout, 7 miles NE of Harper
Marker Erected by: Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission

Marker Text:
Two miles northeast of here, in 1890, stood a typical English village. Curving driveways led to English-style houses set among rows of clipped hedges. Nearby were polo grounds, a steeplechase course, a racetrack, tennis courts and a football field. Red~coated hunters rode to hounds across the buffalo~grass prairie. Farms and orchards were modeled after English estates and on the town site a three~story hotel and other businesses were established. The promoter of all this British activity was an Irishman who persuaded wealthy families to send sons to the colony to learn American farming methods. In practice Runnymede strongly resembled a modern dude ranch. Although at one time a hundred young Englishmen lived in the settlement, a number of whom owned estates, it was a failure as a colony. When hard times came old Runnymede collapsed and most of its remittance men returned to England. Today wheat fields cover the town site.

Marker Name: Old Runnymede

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
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Marker Location: Harper

Name of agency setting marker: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

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