On April 1, 1886 , Governor John A. Martin issued a proclamation declaring that the unorganized county of Cheyenne was to become a bona fide county. (It was named after the Cheyenne Indians that roamed the western plain at that time.) The Governor designated Bird City as the temporary county seat.
The original settlement in the county, Wano, was a trading post (located about one and one half miles northeast of where St. Francis is now located). Wano was an island town, so everything had to be freighted in by horses, mules and oxen from the towns of Haigler and Benkelman, located in Nebraska.
The railroad dream was becoming a reality in 1887. The grade survey stakes were even put in place and the site for the depot was chosen. (Located on the south side of Wano) Captain A.L. Emerson, an employee of the Lincoln Land Co., was instrumental in getting the railroad built at the present location. (The Lincoln Land Co. was known for purchasing land near proposed railroads and starting new towns on their land.) Captain Emerson was owner of the Log Chip Ranch which was located one and one half miles south of Wano (where St. Francis is now located), and was making serveral trips to Lincoln, Nebraska. The citizens believed he was convincing the railroad to have Wano become a division station. At the time, the citizens assumed that the railroad would continue on to Pueblo, Colorado. This assumption was dashed when a representative of the Lincoln Land Company came to Wano in July and pulled all the stakes up. By November, the land company told the citizens that if they would "move out where we want you to, we will give you a round house and make the NEW Wano a division station."
In late November, the new town site was surveyed and plotted. The people of Wano decided to accept lots in the new town and free transportation for their buildings to be moved to the new site. The actual move to the new site began December 5, 1887, and the last building moved from Wano on May 2, 1888.
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Special Meeting of the Governing Body
There will be a special meeting of the City Council at 7 p.m. Monday April 10 at the St. Francis Public Library to discuss the Library annual report, . . .
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Special Meeting of the PBC
There will be a special meeting of the Public Building Commission on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM in the Council chambers at City Hall. &nbs. . .
added: 2/07/17 08:16 am
Special Meeting of the City Council and Public Building Commission
There will be a special meeting of the City Council along with the Public Building Commission on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:00PM at the gover. . .
added: 8/23/16 03:14 pm
Notice of Budget Hearing
The 2017 Budget Hearing will be held August 22, 2016 at 7:15 PM at City Hall. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. &n. . .
added: 8/17/16 03:19 pm
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