RAVANNA – Driving is pickup on a dirt road sandwiched between two limestone ruins, 86-year-old Guy Reed noted there could be a rattler or two out on of the first warm days of March.
In the summers, at least, infestation of rattlesnakes is about all that makes up this area of Finney County – once populated with more than 700 residents. Even a few of the sons of the famed P.T. Barnum Siamese twins Eng and Chang once lived at this ghost town, he said, adding matter-of-factly he didn’t know how they fathered nearly a two dozen children.
Ravanna’s story, however, is deeper than rattlesnakes and the children of conjoined brothers. It’s about the bitter battle for the county seat of a now nonexistent county with nearby neighbor, Eminence.
Reed recalled attending his first year of school at Ravanna in 1930. Today, however, just five wall supports stand - the walls already crumbled to the ground from age and weather.
"I hate to see the building torn down," he said.