Historical Chronology of
(Photo and information contributed to Ghost Town USA
by Fred Hudson)
1880: First settlers arrive. Among these is Charles Pelan (a wealthy Englishman)
1888: Pelan Post Office opens. Billy Clay appointed as first Postmaster.
1889: Billy Clay disappears (with a full mail sack).
1895: School is enlarged to 12 by 24 feet
1896: A resident travels to
1899: First general store opens (size = 30 by 60 feet)
The Good Templar Lodge organized
1901: School resized again
Flour mill, Pelan Advocate (newspaper), and State Bank opens, first doctor and attorney come to town
1902: Population soars to high of 175, telephone service is added
1903: Pelan is incorporated as a village and has 24 established businesses, including a saloon
1904: Creamery opens
1905: Creamery closes
1907: Failure to secure railroad causes most settlers to move away
is used for special events.
PHOTO of plaque
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