Lost Kansas Communities: Templin Field Trip

Student, Craig Brallier, tests the 150-year-old water pump. It still works!

Student, Craig Brallier, tests the 150-year-old water pump. It still works!

On September 15, Dr. Morgan’s Lost Kansas Communities class took a field trip to Templin, a Wabaunsee County settlement established in 1860. Originally named Berlin by the German Lutherans who first settled there, this vanished community provided an excellent opportunity for students to get more hands-on with their learning and explore outside of the classroom.

Once there, students examined the old town site in order to piece together information about this lost community. There was a stone fort on the site that was built in anticipation for an attack from Kaw Indians and although an attack never took place, it still served as a place of protection for some families. A school and church were also built in 1865. Students were able to visit many areas of the Templin neighborhood, including the stone fort, the schoolhouse, and two nearby cemeteries.

Local residents, Peter and Sue Cohen, answer questions and talk with students about the old school and Templin town site. Mrs. Cohen brought lemonade for the students and Mr. Cohen called a local farmer to help verify details of the narrative. They were quite helpful!

Local residents, Peter and Sue Cohen, answer questions and talk with students about the old school and Templin town site. Mrs. Cohen brought lemonade for the students and Mr. Cohen called a local farmer to help verify details of the narrative. They were quite helpful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At one cemetery, gravestones were inscribed in Old German.

In one cemetery, gravestones were inscribed in Old German.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1885 plat map showing Templin's location.

1885 plat map showing Templin’s location

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2 thoughts on “Lost Kansas Communities: Templin Field Trip

  1. I read this field trip article. I wondered if you knew that on the other side of k10 there used to be a church. The church burned in 1920. The night the church burned, the person who was the principle builder died that night. I was born and raised in that area. My father would point out different landmarks. I was told my uncle preached at that church off and on.

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