|The Depot that once was at Frizell, Kansas, in Pawnee County. The 1965-1966 school year was the last classes to go through the school, said Katie Kecheisen, education director and archivist for the Santa Fe Trail Center near Larned. Anna Bassford, director of the center, said the L'Dora school and the Frizell depot were moved to the museum grounds in 1970. The school has undergone regular upkeep. The depot, however, was recently renovated using the original blueprints from 1929. It opened to the public for the first time last month. Kecheisen said the depot now includes an exhibit on rail history. The railroad still goes by the site of Frizell, but there is nothing there but a few foundations of the elevator, along with the current farming operation, said Don Deege, who still lives just west of the fort.|
|The school house. Milburn Stone went to school at Frizell and worked at his parents store there. Established in 1859 along the Santa Fe Trail, Fort Larned was decommissioned in 1883.
A year later, the government sold the land, including a section that
contained the fort buildings to Frank Sage who represented the Pawnee
Valley Stock Breeders Association, according to the Kansas State
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad went through in 1886. A
siding - which allowed trains to pass on the same line - was constructed
at the future town site and designated Sage in honor of Frank Sage.
The site had a schoolhouse, which was established in 1889.
E.E. Frizell purchased the fort in 1902 and the name of the station changed to Frizell, according to an article in the Dec. 26, 1929 edition of the Larned Chronoscope.
Frizell, a state legislator along with being a rancher and
entrepreneur, helped build the little station town, according to the
A post office was established in 1904. Dora Arnold, wife of Lee Arnold, the town merchant, was postmistress, the article stated.
The school burned down and was rebuilt in 1906, named L'Dora, after L'Dora Frizell, Redding's great-grandmother.
In 1929, according to the article, the town had a depot, siding for
freight cars, filling station, feed and grain business, one elevator and
"a modern school." The town had a population of 40, with more than half
of the residents Mexicans employed by the railroad and area farmers.|