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Vinland, Kansas

Vinland, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Coal Creek Library in Vinland (ca. 1900), the oldest subscription library in Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Coal Creek Library in Vinland (ca. 1900), the oldest subscription library in Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Vinland, Kansas is located in Kansas
Vinland, Kansas
Country United States
State Kansas
County Douglas
Elevation 889 ft (271 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 479519[1]

Vinland is a small agricultural unincorporated community in Douglas County, Kansas, United States. It is located south of Lawrence near Baldwin City.


The first settlement was made at Vinland in 1854.[2] In 1859, the first public library in the state was founded in this community.[3] The community was not legally platted until the 1860s.[4] A post office was opened in Vinland in 1868, and remained in operation until 1954.[5] The name of Vinland probably alludes to the early settlers' vineyards.[3]

The Vinland Grange Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  2. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 849. 
  3. ^ a b Carpenter, Tim (November 28, 1997). "What's in a name? Key elements of area history". Lawrence Journal-World. pp. 3B. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Cleland, Nora (Jun 12, 1961). "Only few of 45 county settlements left". Lawrence Journal-World. pp. 13A. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Guide to the Vinland Grange and Fair Collection". The University of Kansas Libraries. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

External links

  • Douglas County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
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