Kansas History

This page contains a collection of things that occurred in Kansas during the year 1881. Wherever possible, a link has been provided to a page containing more information.



Mar 10, 1881 - The first bank in Kingman was established by the Gassard Brothers and H. L. Strohm.

Mar. 18, 1881 - The Seneca City Council decided to purchase hook and ladder trucks, with four Babcock extinguishers; six ladders aggregating ninety-six feet in length, ten oak-tanned fire buckets, and other accessories.

Apr. 5, 1881 - The Bank of El Dorado was opened for business.

Apr. 29, 1881 -
Five business houses destroyed by fire in Burlington, involving a loss of $15,000. The houses were owned by C. A. Clark, J. M. Allison, S. S. Freeman, H. G. Beatty and T. J. Goodwin.

May 6, 1881 - A most startling occurrence in Carbondale; the burning of a shaft in W. L. Green's coal mines, in which nine men lost their lives.

Jul. 5, 1881 - Greeley was incorporated as a city of the third class, and the first election held.

Jul. 5, 1881 - The Methodist Episcopal Church North of Howard was dedicated to sacred and religious uses, by Rev. Bernard Kelley, of Wichita.

Aug. 1, 1881 - The railroad comes to Douglass when it becomes the terminus of the Walnut Valley branch of the A., T. & S. F. Railway.

Aug. 13, 1881
- The Winfield City Mill was destroyed by fire,
with only the water-wheels and part of the engine escaping.

Nov. 1, 1881 - Construction began on the Russian St. Fidelis Church, of Victoria, Ellis County.

Nov. 22, 1881
- First National Bank of Hiawatha, having been chartered in October, began business in its new building at the corner of Oregon and Seventh streets.

Dec. 14, 1881 - The Altamont steam flouring mill was opened for business.

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