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Salinas Historic Downtown Mary Clement Douglass

Salinas Historic Downtown

Mary Clement Douglass

Published July 29th 2013
ISBN : 9781467110037
Paperback
127 pages
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Salina got its name from the Saline River that flows north of town. Its founders were a close-knit group of Scotsmen related by blood or marriage- most came to America from southwestern Scotland between 1839 and 1854 and settled in Randolph County,MoreSalina got its name from the Saline River that flows north of town. Its founders were a close-knit group of Scotsmen related by blood or marriage- most came to America from southwestern Scotland between 1839 and 1854 and settled in Randolph County, Illinois. Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune sent correspondent William A. Philips from Randolph County to Lawrence, Kansas, to cover the turmoil caused by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and the doctrine of popular sovereignty. The residents of Kansas were to choose whether the territory would come into the Union as a slaveholding or free-soil state. To affect that outcome, both Southerners and Northern abolitionists sent colonies of settlers to Kansas Territory. Out of this conflict was born the Salina Town Company. William A. Philips, his brother David, his sister Christina, and his brothers-in-law Alexander C. Spilman and Alexander M. Campbell, along with close friend James Muir, preempted a 320-acre town site in north central Kansas in 1858. From humble beginnings grew the largest commercial center in the area: Salina.