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Pritchett (1927, 4,827 feet), named for Dr. Henry S. Pritchett, a director of the Santa Fe Railroad, relieved neighboring Joycoy (1915–1927) of the post office when the railroad completed a spur from Springfield. The town is visible from some distance because of three ten-story white grain elevators towering above the plains. Gracefully curving Modernist lines, flat tops, and unadorned, curved surfaces give a spare, Art Deco look to these co-op elevators at the only railhead for many miles. Despite these cathedrals of the plains, the town of 153 is wrestling with oblivion. Boarded-up brick and frame one- and two-story buildings from the early twentieth century include the poly-chrome brick Colorado Hotel.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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