The line of fire exploding on the outskirts of Nicodemus was a dramatic scene. Many of us saw the live video shared Sunday night by Dr. JohnElla Holmes. She's a resident of the historic all black town in Graham county which is recognized by the National Park Service as a nationally significant park of Am...
I received sad news from a friend. Thomas Wellington has passed away. Tom was one of the first people I met when I moved to Nicodemus in 2012. He was always helping around the town, weed-eating, or mowing, or working on some project. At veterans events he would vividly describe his wartime service. At almost any town event he would begin proceeding...
The National Park Service will return staff to Nicodemus National Historic Site, and renew efforts to acquire land to build a visitor center.  On Wednesday, representatives from the National Park Service met with the Nicodemus Historical Society to listen to local concerns about the agency’s current management. Acting Regional Deputy Director Clara...
The Nicodemus Historical Society has launched a website after months of work by descendants Robert Alexander and Angela Bates. Visitors to nicodemushistoricalsociety.org will find a beautifully designed, informative resource. The society preserves the history of the all-black pioneer town of Nicodemus, Kansas, which was designated a National Histor...
News reports are shocking us, depicting rancid conditions in National Parks during the government shutdown. Trash cans are overflowing, bathrooms are a mess, and sensitive resources are being damaged. Why? Most National Park Service employees are laid off until Congress and the President agree to fund the agency. Despite the shutdown, park gates re...
“Mr. President, time, it is said, is the savior and nemesis of history. The savior because it is the very passage of time that creates history. The nemesis because that same passage of time obliterates history. Today, in Nicodemus, KS, a community is waging a losing battle against time. To bolster them in that fight, I am introducing legislation th...
Stockton Mayor, and Nicodemus descendant, Kim Thomas, fell short in her bid for the 110th district of the Kansas House of Representatives. She had run on the Democratic nomination against incumbent Rep. Ken Rahjes, in a heavy Republican district. The final tally was 6,287 votes for Rahjes, and 1,994 votes for Thomas.  In a statement Kim said: "Than...
Mr. Speaker, it is appropriate from time to time that we reflect upon our country's past, study events of history, and remember what we have learned from those who came before us. The western Kansas town of Nicodemus, though small in size, has a rich history that can teach us much about who we are as Kansans, and who we are as Americans. Discrimina...
For most of Nicodemus’ first decade, there were no town papers, yet the story of southern blacks fleeing racial persecution to colonize on the plains of Kansas captured the attention of the nation. Newspapers across Kansas would frequently report updates from Nicodemus, and residents, would even submit columns to friendly publishers. Those updates ...
Arthur G. Tallman launched the original Western Cyclone with this introduction on May 13, 1886. ***** In starting the Cyclone we have no apology to make - We believe that "Nicodemus deserves a good paper and that is the reason we are here." We have no long-winded promises to make, but will each week publish all the news that we think will be of int...