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Wednesday, 12/09/09, Public Square

I found this story about Preston, Kansas at NPR and thought it was interesting.  Preston is located on Hwy. 61, a little north and east of the town of Pratt, in Pratt County.  Here’s a bit of information about Preston, Kansas.

The tiny town of Preston, Kan., once boasted a very active Main Street with two grocery stores, a post office, a cafe, a drug store and a filling station. But now they are gone — along with the town’s high school and church. In fact, only 170 people live here. Boarded-up buildings line either side of Main Street. A City Hall and senior center remain within view of two towering grain elevators.

This Arizona man, Ken Stanton, who is an undertaker, plans to revive this town by catering to the dead!  “The 53-year-old mortician with a warm and easy smile has been in the funeral business for 18 years. He is no stranger to Preston. For 35 years, he and his wife, Donna, have come here to visit relatives. Donna Stanton’s father dreamed of a revitalized Preston, and Ken Stanton embraced that dream.”  More than 30 family members and friends plan to move to this tiny town and make it their home.

Although Preston is tiny, Stanton plans to draw funeral business from a 50-mile radius. He also wants to encourage others to give small towns a second look.  “Metropolitan communities are getting so packed with people,” he says. “So many people are out of work. People are starting to gravitate farther out, where housing and things are a little bit less expensive. So I think there’s an opportunity for growth and things to happen in small communities and small towns, if people will just be willing to be ready for some change.”

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