The defiance of Lomando Pierce

Abandoned townsite of Defiance served as the seat of Woodson County in 1874.

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February 10, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Above, racing mules Ruby and Lyndola graze near the 1874 townsite of Defiance. Photo by Trevor Hoag

The first time I met Theresa McNett she said, “I have had spirits following me my whole life.” Looking back now, I recognize the ambiguity of the statement and realize she might have been referring to either one of us.

Above, racing mules Ruby and Lyndola graze near the 1874 townsite of Defiance. REGISTER/TREVOR HOAG

Photo by Trevor Hoag

Indeed, I’d discovered Theresa while looking for a ghost, then eventually went searching for one with her. I initially knocked on her door while trying to find the abandoned townsite of Defiance, the seat of Woodson County in 1874.

Back then people were looking to start a town closer to the center of the county, and so folks in the south Owl Creek area decided to get in on the action, challenging Kalida’s claim to the seat of government.

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