But at Saratoga's Summit Hill Cemetery, the wild Iris' still bloom. And perhaps, on occasion, someone remembers a loved one with flowers on Memorial Day.
I ventured here on a cold and rainy day, stopping by the Carter Barker home. His home is situated in where a platted town should be - but nothing remains of Saratoga, except for the 10-acre cemetery.
By the size of the cemetery, they had plans for a big community. But when Saratoga lost the county seat to Pratt, located just a few miles to the west, the town disappeared. I'll have a story in Sunday's Hutch News about the town and its death.
|Dorotha Giannangelo has written five books on Pratt County history. She is a great source of information on Saratoga.|
|Besides the cemetery, there are a few brick remains of the school atop this hill by the trees.|
|Some of the things found around Saratoga that are on display at the Pratt County Museum.|
|Here's a rendition of the old flour mill.|
|Another pictorial shows the school.|
|Residents set aside 10 acres for the cemetery. They definitely expected to get the county seat honor.s Here's what it would have looked like. A quarter of the cemetery was designated for the town's African American settlers.|
|Some of the graves are cracked. Some have been stolen over the years.|
|The cemetery's condition isn't great. But a man named Price Gibbons set up a fund for upkeep before he died a few years ago.|
|The stone for Jane Martin rests against a tree.|
|I believe her name was Lizzie Eisenhour.|
|One of the few graves still standing - His name was Miles.|