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Name That Town! - September 29, 2017

This is a postcard showing Collins Block and the Hotel Greenwood in Eureka, Kansas. Between 1905 and 1910. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/

Q: Often associated with the ancient Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes, this word comes from a Greek expression meaning "I have found it." It's also the name of a Kansas community. Give us the name of this eastern Kansas town, which is also a county seat.

A: Eureka
Eureka is the county seat of Greenwood County. The city takes its name from the Greek expression Eureka, meaning “I have found it.”  You’ll find Eureka tucked away in the Flint Hills. 
According to the city of Eureka’s website, this is how the town got its name: A weary group of settlers had heard of a spring in the area and, short on water, had begun a diligent search for it. One lucky settler, after coming across the spring, called out "Eureka! I have found it!.” Today, you’ll find that spring in the northwest corner of Founders Park. There’s a monument at the spring location commemorating the discovery of the spring and the naming of Eureka by the founding pioneers. 
If you visit Eureka, be sure to check out the historic Greenwood Hotel, which was constructed in 1882. The hotel was renovated in the mid-1920s to reflect the Spanish Mission Revival style of architecture.  
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