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    ‘Ghost Town’? Historic Fort Leavenworth Homes Recommended for Demolition Soar to 185

    ‘Ghost Town'? Historic Fort Leavenworth Homes Recommended for Demolition Soar to 185

    Residents of Fort Leavenworth were upset at the news last year that as many as 89 of the garrison's historic homes are seen as too costly to maintain and could be demolished.

    Now, The Star has confirmed, that number has ballooned to as many 185.

    Whereas the first 89 included grand, gabled homes built before 1919, with sweeping porches and staircases, the nearly 100 more added to the list are in 12 multi-unit infantry barracks along Pope Avenue and Doniphan Drive dating to the early 1900s.

    “This is literally erasing history,” said one source familiar with discussions, requesting anonymity for fear of repercussions. “Once these are gone, they're gone forever. If these are removed, Fort Leavenworth is a totally different place. It's almost a ghost town.”

    Fort Leavenworth, set to celebrate its bicentennial in 2027, is a National Historic Landmark with some 269 of its 1,700 living units built before 1919. It has more historic homes than any other military . Fort Leavenworth is the oldest U.S. garrison still in operation west of the Mississippi River.

    One of its barracks, The Rookery, built around 1830, is said to be the oldest occupied home in Kansas. Each fall and spring, the fort's most beautiful historic homes are opened for tours on a parade of homes.

    A for-profit company, the Michaels Organization, manages the housing there and would be the one to recommend any demolition.

    But the Army, for its part,…

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