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Full House Attends Ghost Town Talk


Around 100 people of all ages attend a presentation on the ghost town of Buffville.


Wilson County Historical Society Board Secretary Leanne Githens gave a presentation yesterday at the Old Iron Club in Fredonia that lasted over an hour, detailing the rise and fall of Buffville, which was located four miles north of Neodesha, west of Highway 75. Southeast Kansas including Coffeyville has a long history of brick manufacturing, and brick from the area have been found in Paris and Tokyo. The Buffville plant was built in 1903 and ran until 1929. The yellow color of the shale and resulting bricks made them popular in the southwestern United States. Some buildings still standing in the area including one in Neodesha were built with Buffville bricks, although little trace of the town is left and the area is now private property. The presentation was even attended by a woman who was born in Buffville in 1936. This was the last of a series of three history presentations at the Old Iron Club, but the Wilson County Historical Museum will host a talk on the Second Trail of Tears coming upon April 16th at 3 p.m. at the Coyville Community Center.





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