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Cherryvale, Kansas

Cherryvale, Kansas

In May, 1871, the abundance of wild cherry trees along the creeks and in the woodlands of this area influenced the railroad settlers to name the town site Cherryvale. Its being, its growth, and its history all have been dramatically linked to the rise and fall of the railroad industry. It's ironic that the last commercial passenger train left Cherryvale in April, 1971 ... one hundred years after the railroad designated the site for the city of Cherryvale. Just as it did in the 1800's, the railroad continues to have a major influence in Cherryvale. The South, Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad currently uses the north-south railroad tracks through Cherryvale with several trains carrying freight and cargo through town.

At the beginning of the 1900's, Cherryvale emerged as a leader in the brick industy. It was said that Cherryvale made the finest bricks in the world, using shale mounds around the city to provide the raw material needed for the bricks. Each brick was rumored to be able to withstand 85 tons of pressure without any injury to the brick. At one time, six brick plants were in operation, turning out an estimated 500,000 bricks a day. Walk along preserved brick sidewalks and residential streets in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri and you will find the bricks stamped "Cherryvale" still in working condition.

Since Cherryvale had six brick factories, most of the streets, sidewalks, and downtown buildings were constructed from these bricks. 1882 saw the advent of sun-dried brick streets. The wood planked sidewalks were replaced in 1898 with kiln bricks from the Corbin plant and later, in the early 1900s, the brick sidewalks were widened to sixteen feet. Today, the remaining buildings of downtown Cherryvale remain the same as built at the turn-of-the-century.

Notable people of Cherryvale include Vivian Vance of the "I Love Lucy" show, Louise Brooks, silent screen star, and Frank Bellamy, author of the Pledge of Allegiance, who is buried at Fairview Cemetery marked appropriately with ... the American Flag.

Whether you are here on business or for pleasure, Cherryvale "Welcomes You," and hopes you will take advantage of her many assets and return again and again.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Carnegie Library

Cherryvale's public library, built in 1913, is one of the few Carnegie Libraries still in use. Early in 1909, the Cherryvale Women's Club set a goal to establish a library with an adjoining room for rural women to rest and visit after their long horse and buggy ride to shop in town. In 1912

Cherryvale, KS Carnegie Libraries

Cherryvale Cemeteries

Cherryvale's three cemeteries and two rural cemeteries abound with local history and genealogy information. 1869 Fairview Cemetery, Northeast of town on Olive Street. P.C. Bowen set aside 10

Cherryvale, KS Cemeteries

Bloody Bender Family 1871-1873

Ruthless Keepers of the Devil's Inn "Near here are the Bender Mounds, named for the infamous Bender family, John, his wife, son, and daughter Kate, who settled here in 1871

Cherryvale, KS Notables

Vivian Vance Birthplace

I Love Lucy fans know Vivian Vance as Lucy's neighbor and cohort "Ethel Mertz." Born Vivian Roberta Jones in Cherryvale, Kansas, on July 26 in 1909

Cherryvale, KS Famous People

Tanko Lake

Santa Fe Tanko Lake was built in 1870 to draw fresh water for the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railway steam locomotives and later for the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe Railway's steam locomotives. The 45-acre lake was deeded by the Santa Fe Railway to the city as a New Years gift in 1954

Cherryvale, KS Recreation

Things to do near Cherryvale, KS

Kansas Walleye Association

http://kansaswalleye.org/ You are invited to the five scheduled tournaments at some of the finest lakes in Kansas. The ...