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Smith Center and Smith County

Smith Center is a town of just under 1700 (down about 14% since 2000) located in North Central Kansas at the intersection of US Highways 36 and 281. Smith Center is very near the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states. Smith Center is the county seat of Smith County, which was formed in 1872 and was named for J. Nelson Smith of the Colorado Cavalry who was killed during the Civil War (I am not positive if Smith Center is also named for him; but it is likely). The current Smith County Courthouse was built in 1917.

Smith Center Historic District

Smith Center has a nice little historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. The First National Bank Building (near center of photo) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old Dutch Mill

This is a reconstruction of a large 54 foot windmill built in 1879 by Charles G. Schwarz a German immigrant who settled in nearby Reamsville. The mill used the wind power to grind corn and wheat until 1914 when a Kerosene powered engine was installed. The mill remained in service until 1920. The mill was moved to Smith Center in 1938. It was partially destroyed by fire in 1955 but an influx of donations allowed it to be rebuilt. Only two of these mills remain in the state.

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