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"Beautiful Downtown Derby, Kansas"
A bit of Derby, Kansas history for you to enjoy.
This information is compiled from research I have done on the web, the Derby Public Library, and area museums; and most invaluable talking to “old” and “new” timers who are so generous with their treasured memories and photos. If you have any more information you would like to share with my audience or have more accurate details of what I have listed here please contact me. This page is for fun and should NOT be used for educational purposes!
El Paso, Kansas
In 1871, the community was named El Paso, after El Paso, Illinois, and was laid out and platted.
El Paso Taking Shape
A large school house was built; the M.E. and Union Sabbath schools were organized and a grocery store and hotel opened.
The El Paso Hotel
Also known as the El Paso Roadhouse, Derby Hotel, and Central Hotel. See More.
The bridge washed out by the flood.
In 1880, the Atchinson Topeka & Santa Fe Railway changed the name of its rail station to Derby, after its railroad official C. F. Derby, to avoid confusion with El Paso, Texas
This site is a place where we can all share our memories and family history of Derby, Kansas. This a place to share “Stories” Pictures. A picture is just a piece of paper, without the Story that is involved. Please, find a picture, write a story, and it will be posted in the proper place on the timeline. Please sign up and join the fun. We do not profess to be expert historians; we just a place for people and Derby history to be shared and recorded. Thank you
Greg Dochow, administrator of History of Beautiful Downtown Derby
The following statement taken from Marshall Hisky’s Thesis ” A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CITY OF DERBY, KANSAS, AND A SURVEY OF THE DERBY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM 1936-1937″ says it all!
No attempt has been made to make this history a complete source of information in regard to past events. Only the high points of historical interest have been used and these for the sole purpose of tracing the development of the community as a whole. There will, no doubt, be some incidents about which one cannot be certain. In spite of this it is the hope of the author that many people will receive some measure of enjoyment from reading of the events as they are recorded here.
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