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South Hoisington and the Missouri-Pacific Railroad subject of exhibit for oral history project at th

MoPac’s shops created job opportunities and soon the “South Town” community attracted both African American and Hispanic railroad workers and their families. It has become part of the larger story of the experiences of ethnic minorities in Kansas with a unique railroad accent.

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The Barton County Historical Society has been recording memories, recollections, and experiences about people living and working in and around South Hoisington as part of its oral history project “South Hoisington: Stories from the Other Side of the Tracks”. Founded in 1886 and incorporated in 1887, the City of Hoisington was formed to attract and benefit from the Kansas and Colorado Railroad, which would later become part of the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. To accompany and promote the oral history project, museum staff and volunteers and installing a display highlighting the Missouri-Pacific’s history in Central Kansas and its influence on the ...

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