I’m taking part in the A-Z April Blog Challenge.
Join me every day (except Sundays) throughout April for the next letter in the alphabet! Something different on each Letter of the alphabet!
Today’s adventure takes us on the road to O’Brien. O’Brien is at the junction of State Highway 6 and Farm Road 2229, on the Santa Fe Railroad in northwest Haskell County.
It was established in 1906 with the construction of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway and was named for railroad superintendent Nick O’Brien. An earlier community near the site had been called Carney, after founder Tom Carney. The population of O’Brien was 350 in 1915 and 800 in 1940, when the town had eight businesses.
In 1953 a tornado caused major loss of life and property damage. Rebuilding followed, and the town was incorporated in 1958. By the mid-1960’s cotton, seed, grain, and oil provided prosperity enough for construction of a new city hall, a fire station, a sewer system, and a school, although the population of 287 in 1960 was a sharp drop from the 1940 peak.The decline can be attributed to proximity to Rochester and Knox City, with their greater commercial and cultural offerings. The population was 106 in 2013.
Today, O’Brien is a sleepy small community that people travel thru but not do not stay long.
Tomorrow’s adventure will be in the Piney woods town of Palestine!!