Nicodemus, KS

Nicodemus is located in Graham County, KS named for the Biblical figure Nicodemus.  A National Historical Site Nicodemus is the only remaining western town established by African-American following the Civil War.  Founded in 1877 by a group of former slaves from Kentucky,  the town prospered and supported a hotel, two stores, school, and three churches.

The town made an effort to attract a railroad route thru Nicodemus, but none of the railroads brought their tracts to the town.  The failed attempt to attract a railroad marked the end of growth for the small town.

After being named a National Historical Landmark the community has seen some improvements, a water tower, paved streets and some housing units.

The Emancipation Celebration, has been renamed Homecoming and it is celebrated annually as a gathering of old residents to celebrate their roots and community.  Current population is approximately 20.

First Baptist Church – 1907

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District 1 Nicodemus School – 1918

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Just south of the school  is the home of:

Ola Wilson Home – School Teacher

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African Methodist Episcopal Church – 1885

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St. Francis Hotel

Two story stuccoed portion the hotel was built in 1881.  Originally was cut limestone.  Also served as the post office, the first school and a stage coach stop.

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Township Hall – 1939

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Main Street Nicodemus

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8 thoughts on “Nicodemus, KS

    1. Debra Farmer Post author

      Thanks! I would like to go up when they have their Celebration Day! I tried to text and call you today to let you know about a steam engine that is traveling thru KS and is at Kansas City today until Monday! Look it up sent you its schedule. ❤️

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