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Saratoga, Kansas – a dead town in Pratt County

The town lost the Pratt County seat war, now Saratoga is dead

When a town dies, there is no funeral.

But at Saratoga’s Summit Hill Cemetery, the wild Iris’ still bloom. And perhaps, on occasion, someone remembers a loved one with flowers on Memorial Day.

I ventured here on a cold and rainy day, stopping by the Carter Barker home. His home is situated in where a platted town should be – but nothing remains of Saratoga, except for the 10-acre cemetery.

By the size of the cemetery, they had plans for a big community. But when Saratoga lost the county seat to Pratt, located just a few miles to the east, the town disappeared. I’ll have a story in Sunday’s Hutch News about the town and its death.

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