Old Runnymede

Old Runnymede (HM16LB)

Location: Harper, KS 67058 Harper County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 21.38', W 97° 55.881'

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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 race track, 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 townsite 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 townsite.
HM NumberHM16LB
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Marker Number66
Placed ByKansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 10:52am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 594640 N 4134938
Decimal Degrees37.35633333, -97.93135000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.38', W 97° 55.881'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 22.80" N, 97° 55' 52.86" W
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Area Code(s)620, 316
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 NE 140 Rd, Harper KS 67058, US
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