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We just happened to see this marker one day on a corner we drive by all the time. When we stopped to investigate we found some interesting history on the Manhattan area. This virtual cache is placed with the understanding that we will give way in the event that an approvable physical cache is placed within .01 mile.

After attending a rousing antislavery lecture by Eli Thayer in Providence, Rhode Island, in December 1854, Isaac Goodnow and his brother-in-law, Reverend Joseph Denison decided to emigrate to Kansas. By March 1855 Goodnow had organized a company of two hundred men and women, who located the townsite at present-day Manhattan where the Blue and Kansas Rivers meet. Manhattan grew rapidly as a free-state community.

From the slavery controversy, Goodnow turned his attention to building a Methodist school, Bluemont College. In 1859 construction was completed on the three-story limestone structure, which stood a short distance northwest of the present site of Goodnow House. In February 1861, after returning from a trip East that included a visit with Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, Isaac and his wife, Ellen, purchased six acres of land in sight of the new college. Construction started immediately, and they moved into the two-story stone house in November 1861.

Goodnow's next project was to make Bluemont College the state university, but the politics involved in locating the state capitol, university, and prison worked against Manhattan. Topeka, Lawrence, and Lansing snatched these plums. However, in 1863, Goodnow was successful in transforming Bluemont College into the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, a part of the national land grant college system.

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