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Holly (1880, 3,397 feet) was named for pioneer Hiram S. Holly, whose 50,000-acre ranch sprawled along the Arkansas River bottomlands from Granada to the Kansas line. The town was the first home of the Holly Sugar Company before it expanded and moved to Colorado Springs. The Holly City Buildings are of hand-sawn stone from a quarry ten miles north that produced building stone as soft as wood that hardened after quarrying. No buildings remain of Amity (1894–1937), 5 miles west of Holly, a Salvation Army colony for working men from large eastern cities.

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Thomas J. Noel

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