The Founding of Downs, Kansas

The Founding of Downs, Kansas (HMVDS)

Location: Downs, KS 67437 Osborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 30.155', W 98° 32.61'

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In 1879 the Central Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad designated a site on the homesteads of John Beal, Harriet Delay, and Azariah and Marinda Blunt as their new division point. The town of Downs was named for railroad superintendent Major William F. Downs. Morgan Avenue the town's main north-south thoroughfare, was named after Major Downs' mother. Beale, Blunt, and Delay Streets honor the original landowners. Downs was incorporated as a third-class city on December 17, 1879.

Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe Downs Historical Society and the Bates-Dille Fund
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 10:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 539248 N 4372650
Decimal Degrees39.50258333, -98.54350000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 30.155', W 98° 32.61'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 30' 9.30" N, 98° 32' 36.60" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 701-799 Railroad Ave, Downs KS 67437, US
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