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Ghost town post office gutted, for sale as residence

Staff writer

The last remaining building in a Chase County town once called Crawfordsville and later Clements is up for sale as a house.

Wichita real estate agent Ashley Sears, who listed the home for sale Dec. 11, said the owner, who doesn’t want to be identified, worked on the former Clements post office for three or four months before putting it on the market.

The once-ramshackle 1907 building, 60 yards off US-50, still has its original pressed-tin ceilings and wide board floors.

It now has two bedrooms and an open living room/kitchen area.

The heating and air conditioning system are now electric. A newly drilled well supplies water.

Sears said the tin ceilings had been repainted.

“He gutted it just about to the bone,” Sears said.

The Wichita man who owns the building enjoys doing such projects as a hobby, Sears said.

“I thought he did a fantastic job,” Sears said. “It’s a neat place.”

The back portion of the building, now bedrooms, already had rooms that had been converted.

In its heyday, Clements was served by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. It had a food store, livery stable, lumber yard, mercantile, restaurant, bank, barber shop, blacksmith shop, library, church, city park, dance hall, and a three-story school building.

After the Clements post office closed Feb. 1, 1988, the building became known as the Silver Store, Sears said.

The building’s silver-colored upper panel was installed at that time. Sears said she did not know what was sold in the store. The store closed many years ago.

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