Nicodemus (HM357)

Location: Bogue, KS 67625 Graham County
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N 39° 23.65', W 99° 36.826'

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In July, 1877 Negro "exodusters" from Kentucky established a settlement here in the Promised Land of Kansas which they named Nicodemus. Although the colonists lacked sufficient tools, seed and money they managed to survive the first winter, some by selling buffalo bones, others by working for the Kansas Pacific railroad at Ellis, 35 miles away. In 1880 the all-Negro community had a population of more than 400.

Their industry brought approving notices in Kansas newspapers. one story concerned a farmer who with one cow "broke and improved twelve acres of prairie and cultivated eight acres of corn: his wife drives the cow and keeps the flies off." Another spaded a four-foot hedge row around 160 acres of land. Edward P. McCabe, who joined the colony in 1878, served two terms as state auditor, 1883-1887, the first Negro to hold a major state office.

By 1887, Nicodemus had churches, stores, lodges a school and two newspapers, but its future was blighted when a projected railroad failed to materialize. Nevertheless, these pioneers who built so much with so little hold a proud place in the Kansas story.
HM NumberHM357
Series This marker is part of the Kansas: Kansas Historical Society series
Marker Number42
Placed ByState Historical Society and State Highway Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 8:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 447148 N 4360698
Decimal Degrees39.39416667, -99.61376667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 23.65', W 99° 36.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 23' 39.00" N, 99° 36' 49.56" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1016 South Ave, Bogue KS 67625, US
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