Once-massive fruit plantation in Kansas is up for sale

KSN News (file)
KSN News

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – A former plantation near Nickerson that was once the largest shipping point for fruit between the Missouri River and California is for sale.

The Hutchinson News reports the 130-year-old Yaggy Plantation used to grow up to 50,000 apple trees and a million catalpa trees, which were used for fence posts and railroad ties. Up to 300 people worked there during harvest season.

Today, the land is mostly grassland and irrigated cropland, with no apple trees and few catalpas remaining.

The plantation was founded by Levi Walter Yaggy. His descendants have decided to auction off the acreage. The auction will be Oct. 5 at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.

The family is selling about 1,260 acres, which will be offered in five tracts and combinations.