History’s Mysteries Number 7
    At one time, there was a Union military barrack located in Paola. A document found in the
    MCHS showed the “ownership transfer” of a building on April 22, 1867 called “the old
    Government barracks” to H. N.  McLachlin apparently converted the building into a factory,
    possibly for the manufacture of furniture. It stated that it was situated northwest of the
    town site of Paola and was 225 ft. by 25.  

    Additional information found in the MCHS files indicated a soldier’s barracks was definitely
    located on Oak Street around the 300 block.

    Also, an old color drawing of a map of Paola in 1878 showed a long, narrow structure
    located near Diamond and 2nd Street. Is this the location of another Union army military
    barracks during the Civil War?  Maybe this was the McLachlin building mentioned in the first
    paragraph?

    This becomes another mystery that needs to be further researched!  If you discover any
    new information regarding the location of Civil War barracks in Paola, please give MCHS a
    call —294-4940.
    History’s Mysteries Number 8
    George Washington Brown’s arrival in Miami County (Paola) from Lawrence, Kansas is no
    mystery.  He arrived before the Civil War with an interest in finding oil.

    Brown ran the “Herald of Freedom” newspaper in Lawrence when he formed a company
    with intentions to drill for oil in Lykins (Miami) County.

    He moved to Paola, and built a rock building (still standing) located on the north side of
    Park Square.  He drilled for oil at the Wea Creek Mission site east of town and did find oil.  
    He stopped his drilling operation when the Civil War began.

    He practiced law from this location in Paola and also photographed military soldiers that
    were stationed in Paola.  Some Paola scenes were also included in selection of sites to
    practice his photography.

    While we do know much about G. W. Brown, we are still searching for more history about
    him and his rock building.

    1.        He took some great Civil War photos while in Paola.  We think that there may be
    more around somewhere.
    2.        It is mentioned that he owned many law books—does anyone have an old law book
    with G. W. Browns name written in it?

    This becomes another mystery that needs to be further researched!  If you discover any
    new information regarding G. W. Brown while he was in Paola, please give M.C.H.S. a call
    —294-4940.
    History’s Mysteries Number 9
    At one time, there was a Union military barrack located in Paola. A document found in the
    MCHS showed the “ownership transfer” of a building on April 22, 1867 called “the old
    Government barracks” to H. N.  McLachlin apparently converted the building into a factory,
    possibly for the manufacture of furniture. It stated that it was situated northwest of the
    town site of Paola and was 225 ft. by 25.  
    Additional information found in the MCHS files indicated a soldier’s barracks was definitely
    located on Oak Street around the 300 block.

    Also, an old color drawing of a map of Paola in 1878 showed a long, narrow structure
    located near Diamond and 2nd Street. Is this the location of another Union army military
    barracks during the Civil War?  Maybe this was the McLachlin building mentioned in the first
    paragraph?

    This becomes another mystery that needs to be further researched!  If you discover any
    new information regarding the location of Civil War barracks in Paola, please give MCHS a
    call —294-4940.
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