In the Fall of 1872, Henry Booth gathered the signatures of forty residents to organize Pawnee County, forwarding the petition to Governor James Harvey. On November 4, the governor declared the county to be officially organized; and subsequently, an election was conducted for county officers with Booth being elected superintendent of schools.
In 1873, Booth opened the Larned House, the town's first fine hostelry. In the same year, he was employed by the Atchinson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to establish an experimental garden and tree culture plot. On November 18, running as an independent, he was elected to the Kansas House of Representives.
From Site #1, return east one half block and turn left on S.W. Trail Street or U.S. 56 .5 mile to the threeway intersection at Trail Street, Broadway, and 4th. The Larned House located at the southwest corner of the intersection, was razed in 1905 to make room for another hotel building which was torn down in 2003.
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