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What’s up in Downs? By Sharon Black

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As I walked across the street to go to my part time job, cleaning the Guaranty State Bank in Smith
Center, I saw a little clump of something on the sidewalk by the parking lot back of the bank. As I came
up on it, it was a little stuffed animal toy, a moose. It was just in line with the next car’s wheel, so I
picked it up. Since Kansas does have a stray moose once in awhile, it was an opportunity to have some
fun. I went inside the bank and hid the moose behind my back and went to the bank manager and said
there’s a moose out in the parking lot. “A what, a moose?” so I showed it to her and we thought well
somebody lost their little baby toy.
So I took it to the back store room and took a picture of it to post on Facebook. That was Friday night
and I put the little moose up on a desk.
When I got home I did not get it posted on Facebook and since I had to work the next day at the
hospital, I must have forgotten all about it. Saturday night the bank manager, Deb, shared a post with
me of a picture of a little baby with the moose. I’m not friends with the mother, Dairiane, so I
commented on her post that I found the moose and it’s in the bank. It was a real nice day on Friday and
the family and baby Jameson were on a jaunt downtown and visited a couple businesses. A lot of people
posted that they hoped they could find the moose.
When I was little, I forgot my bear at my grandparents farm. They did not have a phone so my mother
wrote a letter to them. The bear arrived in the mail and I took it out of the package and gave it a good
spanking. “Bad bear!”
As I walked across the street to go to my part time job, cleaning the Guaranty State Bank in Smith
Center, I saw a little clump of something on the sidewalk by the parking lot back of the bank. As I came
up on it, it was a little stuffed animal toy, a moose. It was just in line with the next car’s wheel, so I
picked it up. Since Kansas does have a stray moose once in awhile, it was an opportunity to have some
fun. I went inside the bank and hid the moose behind my back and went to the bank manager and said
there’s a moose out in the parking lot. “A what, a moose?” so I showed it to her and we thought well
somebody lost their little baby toy.
So I took it to the back store room and took a picture of it to post on Facebook. That was Friday night
and I put the little moose up on a desk.
When I got home I did not get it posted on Facebook and since I had to work the next day at the
hospital, I must have forgotten all about it. Saturday night the bank manager, Deb, shared a post with
me of a picture of a little baby with the moose. I’m not friends with the mother, Dairiane, so I
commented on her post that I found the moose and it’s in the bank. It was a real nice day on Friday and
the family and baby Jameson were on a jaunt downtown and visited a couple businesses. A lot of people
posted that they hoped they could find the moose.
When I was little, I forgot my bear at my grandparents farm. They did not have a phone so my mother
wrote a letter to them. The bear arrived in the mail and I took it out of the package and gave it a good
spanking. “Bad bear!”
As I walked across the street to go to my part time job, cleaning the Guaranty State Bank in Smith
Center, I saw a little clump of something on the sidewalk by the parking lot back of the bank. As I came
up on it, it was a little stuffed animal toy, a moose. It was just in line with the next car’s wheel, so I
picked it up. Since Kansas does have a stray moose once in awhile, it was an opportunity to have some
fun. I went inside the bank and hid the moose behind my back and went to the bank manager and said
there’s a moose out in the parking lot. “A what, a moose?” so I showed it to her and we thought well
somebody lost their little baby toy.
So I took it to the back store room and took a picture of it to post on Facebook. That was Friday night
and I put the little moose up on a desk.
When I got home I did not get it posted on Facebook and since I had to work the next day at the
hospital, I must have forgotten all about it. Saturday night the bank manager, Deb, shared a post with
me of a picture of a little baby with the moose. I’m not friends with the mother, Dairiane, so I
commented on her post that I found the moose and it’s in the bank. It was a real nice day on Friday and
the family and baby Jameson were on a jaunt downtown and visited a couple businesses. A lot of people
posted that they hoped they could find the moose.
When I was little, I forgot my bear at my grandparents farm. They did not have a phone so my mother
wrote a letter to them. The bear arrived in the mail and I took it out of the package and gave it a good
spanking. “Bad bear!”

The town in Osborne County was founded in 1879 and today has a population of 900. Major William F. Downs brought the Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad into the area. The town almost sprang up overnight and in its boom 18 trains, we’re running daily. Trains still run weekly in Downs. {{more}}

The Missouri Pacific Depot was built in the style of Italian Renaissance, and then refurbished and now houses the Downs Historical Railroad Foundation. In 2001 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

But that’s not all that makes Downs special. For a town of its size, it is the place to shop. Many larger towns want their secret. How can a small business survive in Downs? They have things such as the Downs Celebration, and the Storytelling Festival, which brings in people from all over the United States.

They also had a business that was like Hobby Lobby before anyone ever heard of a Hobby Lobby. It closed and the building is for sale.

It is on the highway to Waconda lake and to the interstate. Further east you can find the unique towns of Cawker City and Glen Elder, which is nearest to the Waconda lake.

Nancy Shaffer board member

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