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40 years ago: Old house to be restored at Clinton Lake site

September 24, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 24, 1973:

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had decided to restore the Steele House in the Clinton Lake area. Work was to begin this fall to shore up the walls of the structure; plans for the interior were still unsettled. Ed Dischner, chief of the Corps recreation section, said that the Corps might only restore the exterior without making the interior into a museum. The house, located in what was to be the Lakeview public use area, was said to have been part of the Underground Railroad, but the Kansas Historical Society disputed that claim, adding however that the house was of local historical interest as the last standing structure on the Bloomington town site.
  • Sheriff's officers were searching today for three children who were reported to have been with a group that had been swept from, or had jumped, from a railroad bridge near Tecumseh on Sunday. The group had been fishing from a trestle about 100 feet from where Shunganunga Creek emptied into the Kansas River when they had been surprised by a Santa Fe freight train coming around a nearby curve at 55 miles per hour. The bodies of a woman, a man, and an 18-month-old girl had been recovered from the water.


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