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Small Things - August 1, 2014

Q: Listed as a “city of the third-class,” this community is the smallest incorporated town in the state. What’s the name of this south-central Kansas town with a population of five?

Banner-Church-002The Freeport Presbyterian Church recently celebrated 125 years. (Photo Courtesy of Carol Peterson)


A: Freeport (in Harper County)


City-Officials-Bill-Jim-Carol-2011From Left): City officials of Freeport, Kan., Clerk Jim Brooks, Treasurer Carol Peterson and Mayor Bill Peterson. (Photo Courtesy of Carol Peterson)Freeport, located in Harper County in south-central Kansas, has the distinction of being the smallest incorporated city in the state. To call it a city is a bit of a misnomer. Only five people live here (according to the 2010 Census). Freeport does have a mayor who calls meetings, as needed, with the other three council members. One of those council members is his wife, Carol, who also serves as the treasurer of Freeport. Two other residents who serve on the city council are a father and daughter duo, James and Janet Brooks. Two city council seats remain vacant. Freeport still has a post office, and you can help it stay open. Next time you’re in the area, buy some stamps! Freeport’s post office is open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

(Source: Carol Peterson, Freeport Treasurer)


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