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How Well Do you Actually Know Emporia?

Avatar photo by Casey Woods, Executive Director | July 8, 2014
How Well do you
Actually Know Emporia?
   Miser Brothers Shop
A little E-Town Trivia for your Tuesday…

Town Crier Bookstore celebrated National Historic Preservation Month in May by putting together a few trivia questions with the help of Brenda Lavington at the Lyon County Research Center. How many can you answer? Answers are at the bottom.


1. Emporia was founded in what year?


2. Name the four Presidents who visited the William Allen White house.

 Emporia Ice and Storage

3. What water feature used to be located in Freemont Park?


4. During the flu epidemic in 1918, what two sites were used as secondary hospitals?


5. What year did Newman Hospital open?

 Downtown Emporia Cable Car

6. Where was the Mack brewery located?


7. Who was the first newspaper editor in Emporia?


8. Which school closed in 1914?

 C of E Campus

9. The Sante Fe depot burned down in what year?


10. Where was the original St. Mary's Hospital located?


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 Main Street Logo

Answers to the trivia contest:
1. 1857
2. Taft, Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt and Coolidge
3. There used to be a fountain in Freemont park.
4. Country Club and the second floor of the Masonic Temple
5. 1922
6. ESU Campus on the Northeast Side
7. Preston Plumb
8. Garfield school
9. 1999
10. The parking lot at Sacred Heart church. Some of the original hospital walls are the current walls of Thompson auto at 406 Mechanic.

About the Author

Casey Woods, Executive Director

Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.


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