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Miners Hall Museum in Franklin (KS) Preserving SEKS History Holds Special Presentation Sunday

Frisco Depot
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Frisco Depot

The program will be presented by Larry Fields. Born and raised in Pittsburg, both of Larry’s grandfathers were coal miners. Before coming back to Pittsburg Larry had a successful railway (45 yrs.) career working in seven countries.

Extended interview with Linda Knoll

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‘Salvaging The Past’ is both the title and the subject of a special program taking place in Franklin, Kansas this weekend.

KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.


The focus of the presentation is lifelong Pittsburg, Kansas resident Larry Fields and his dedication to the preservation and renovation of the historic 1876 Frisco Depot and the old Pittcraft building which were built about two blocks from each other in downtown Pittsburg.

Built-in 1879, the Pittcraft building’s original use was the production of equipment and goods to be used by miners.

Today, it’s been renovated as a family entertainment center. The Frisco Depot, is now an event center hosting weddings, birthdays, and graduation parties. Linda Knoll with the nearby Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS has a personal connection with Block 22 in Pittsburg.

Pittcraft Building
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Pittcraft Building

“We’ve got Block 22, which by the way I live in the home of Franklin Platter who built Block 22 as its original form as a bank. His idea was to have an opera house on the very top floor, the third floor.”

“Salvaging The Past” Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, Kansas.

It’s presented in conjunction with the quarterly exhibit “Preserving the Past – Coal Camps and Coal Company Houses,” which is on display through September 23, 2023.

Miners Museum Hall in Franklin, KS
Miners Museum Hall in Franklin, KS

The event is open to the public but donations are appreciated.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.