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Historic Limestone Buildings & Bridges

Lincoln County, Kansas, has been the Post Rock Capital of Kansas since 1989.

Greenhorn fencepost limestone beds provided the building material for much of the development of Lincoln County from the 1870’s to the 1920’s. Original Lincoln County settlers’ stone masonry skills and architecture knowledge are still evident today, as their work has stood the test of time. From downtown business buildings to courthouses, schools, churches, pioneer homesteads, bridges, and fences, limestone rock was quarried across Lincoln County to meet the needs of booming rural communities and local agriculture.

When exploring the area, take notice of the extensive use of limestone as the primary building material for nearly every historic structure in the area. “Post Rock” is the common term used for the Greenhorn Limestone rock layer because of it’s common use by early settlers as fence posts. The rock could be easily quarried and much more abundant than trees. Lincoln celebrates Labor Day weekend each year with the Post Rock Festival. Visit Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Barnard, Beverly, or Denmark, get out and walk around and appreciate the unique limestone heritage. And take the backroads between to see all the fenceposts!

Some of the sites include the Lincoln County Courthouse, Lincoln Carnegie Library, Post Rock Scout Museum and Crispin’s Drug Store Museum, Kyne House Museum, the Downtown Lincoln Historic District, the Denmark Lutheran Church, the South Fork Spillman Creek Double-Arch Bridge, the Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove and the Downtown Sylvan Grove Historic District.

Evangelical Lutheran School in Sylvan Grove

Evangelical Lutheran School

The Evangelical Lutheran School is located on the east edge of Sylvan Grove, directly north of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The two-and-a-half-story building reflects the

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Kyne House Museum

Built by Lincoln resident Timothy Kyne in 1885, the Kyne House is furnished entirely with furniture and other decor from that era. One of the

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