A Brief History of Early Lindsborg

A Brief History of Early Lindsborg (HM1QJB)

Location: Lindsborg, KS 67456 McPherson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 34.422', W 97° 40.325'

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THE FIRST SWEDISH AGRICULTURAL COMPANY was formed in Chicago in early 1868. The Company, with the assistance of Railroad Agents, purchased 13,160 acres of land here in the Smoky Valley, and sent Anders Olsson, A. Jacobson, L. N. Sandell, Magnus Carlson, Peter Peterson, and John Ferm to Kansas arriving in February of 1868, according to the town's first early historian, Dr. Alfred Bergin.
The group quickly fell in love with the Smoky Valley and made claim on land provided by the Union Pacific Railroad as homesteads or by sale. These early settlers lived in dugouts and hastily built shelters while they built the Bolaghuset (Company House) east of Coronado Heights, as well as their own homes.
The Company first decided to build the town in Section 7, a mile northwest of the present city where the church was to be built.
Upon the arrival of Magnus Carlson's brother-in-law C. R. Carlson in December of 1868, the group was persuaded to move the new town site to where it is presently located on the banks of the Smoky Hill River.
C. R. Carlson soon wrote a letter to his close friend Rev. Olof Olsson in Sweden to come to America and become the first Pastor of the church which was to be built in Section 7. Pastor Olsson accepted and brought 250 Swedes with him to America, with around 105 locating in the Smoky Valley. Pastor Olsson's group arrived in June of 1869.
It was Pastor Olsson who provided the leadership to incorporate the new settlement as the town of Lindsborg.
This trail was completed and dedicated during the summer of 2006. The population of Lindsborg at that time was 3,321.
Placed ByLindsborg Community Foundation
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Date Added Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 615675 N 4270307
Decimal Degrees38.57370000, -97.67208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 34.422', W 97° 40.325'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 34' 25.32" N, 97° 40' 19.5" W
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Area Code(s)785
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Valkommen Trail, Lindsborg KS 67456, US
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