Vinland, Kansas

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Vinland, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Coal Creek Library in Vinland (ca. 1900), the oldest subscription library in Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Coal Creek Library in Vinland (ca. 1900), the oldest subscription library in Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Vinland, Kansas is located in Kansas
Vinland, Kansas
Vinland, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°50′22″N 95°10′56″W / 38.83944°N 95.18222°W / 38.83944; -95.18222Coordinates: 38°50′22″N 95°10′56″W / 38.83944°N 95.18222°W / 38.83944; -95.18222
Country United States
State Kansas
County Douglas
Elevation 889 ft (271 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 479519[1]

Vinland is a small agricultural unincorporated community in Douglas County, Kansas, United States. It is located south of Lawrence near Baldwin City.

History[edit]

The first settlement was made at Vinland in 1854.[2] In 1859, the first public library in the state was founded in this community.[3]

A post office was opened in Vinland in 1868, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1954.[4] The name of Vinland probably alludes to the early settlers' vineyards.[3]

The Vinland Grange Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Geography[edit]

It has rolling grassy hills and large maple trees. The topsoil is excellent for a wide variety of crops, including corn, wheat, milo, and alfalfa. Many dairy farms are also in the area.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 849. 
  3. ^ a b Carpenter, Tim (November 28, 1997). "What's in a name? Key elements of area history". Lawrence Journal-World. pp. 3B. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Guide to the Vinland Grange and Fair Collection". The University of Kansas Libraries. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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