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In the 1880s water was a rare commodity is Southwest Kansas. Travelers and ranchers needed a place to rest their livestock and quench their thirst, but when water was unavailable it was quite expensive.
Mr. S.S. Rogers homesteaded in this area and dug a well. When visitors came through the area they asked Mr. Rogers if they could use his well. He obliged their requests, and when they had watered their livestock and restocked their water supply they asked Mr. Rogers what they owed him.
"Water is always free here," Mr. Rogers would say.
The surprised visitors would respond, "That's mighty liberal of you."
The name caught on with travelers to be sure to stop at "liberal" Kansas.
Mr. Rogers added a goods store so people could purchase other items they needed during their travel. Some decided to stay and farm this area and in 1886 Mr. Rogers added a post office to his store, incorporating the small community known as Liberal, Kansas.
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