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The high elevation here is known as Hackett Hill, named for Reuben Hackett, an early settler of the area and the county’s first Justice of the Peace In 1854 Hackett first settled 7 miles to the northeast near the north county line and moved to this farm in 1866 where he developed coal mines and built numerous miners’ shacks to the east. The Hackett home was on the left, but was later moved southwest where it is still in use. The Hackett’s daughter, Ella, is considered one of the first white children born in the county. The family included 16 children. The height of the hill is evident as the road continues to drop north of Stafford Road.

Richards, Catherine Jane. Barker, Deborah. Northwest Franklin County, Franklin County Kansas Historical Portal. Accessed August 2nd 2020.