Holyrood, population 447, is located in Ellsworth County.  Story has it that the town was named Hollyrood for a place in Canada.  But along came a wind storm and blew one "l" off the railroad depot sign.  The "l" was never replaced, and after fourteen years, the railroad officially accepted Holyrood as the spelling. (1)



Seeing this smiling Mom pushing her stroller for three down (up) main street told us everything!  We talked to her a bit and she is definitely rural by choice.  Where else can you push your stroller down the middle of the street but a rural town?!



Main Street is pretty wide.  There is even parking in the middle of the street.



An old building with a tin awning on main street with the grain elevator in the background is a connection from past to present.



The bell and nice looking sign is a worthy connection back to the early fire department in 1901. 













City hall is still located in this 1926 building "paid for by tax payers."

















An activity enjoyed by Explorers is just driving around town to notice details.
















You'll see this old Valentine Diner (now empty) on Main Street.  This red-brick building must have been important when it was built.  The arch and ornamentation make a statement.




The cemetery is on the west edge of town.  Read the stones and you'll see many with Germany listed as their birthplace.  Some writing is even in German.




H&B Communications is an anchor business in town and brings the town high speed internet!



They've restored a historic building for their offices.  This rural telecommunication company, like many others, is a great support to the community and rural area.

See you down the road, Marci

(1)  Source:  1001 Kansas Place Names.


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Written by Marci Penner.  We're going to every town in the state to research for a guidebook.  We want to share some information with you now!  This is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.