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Here on the east creek bank on the left, Joab Bernard, a pro-slavery Westport trader, opened a stgore in 1855 on his quarter-section. After a raid by free-staters who destroyed the store, Bernard left the area. The store served as the county’s first post office. Continue into Centropolis to the center of town, at intersection of Stafford and Indiana Road (Gilliland’s Garage).

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