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Plots Of Former Southeast Kansas Town Are Up For Auction To Highest Bidder

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Starting tomorrow you will be able to own a piece of Treece, Kansas. The town was voluntarily bought out by the Environmental Protection Agency back in 2012 and now plots of it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. 

"It's just amazing how you can't even tell there's a town there no more, cause everything's just grown up." 

David Williams was raised in Treece, Kansas, where he spent his days riding his bike and delivering the town's weekly paper. Though he left back in the 1980s to join the military, his family stayed. And his sister was one of 91 residents voluntarily bought out by the EPA in 2012 when the town's lead mining roots proved too toxic for its soil. Now the remaining plots of bought out land will go the highest bidder, but Williams says you can't sell memories.
 
"It almost makes me cry every time I come through here, but I do come through here because I like the memories that I have here, I mean I couldn't ask for anything better," Williams said.

Walking through what used to be the heart of Treece, now stands un-recognizable. What used to be the Post Office, City Jail, even tennis courts, has been ripped up, and out of the town by the state. In preparation for a new purpose. 

"There's nothing, but what looks like a great grazing land right now."
 
That's Betty McBride. She is one of five relocation trust members appointed by the Governor back in 2010. McBride says the trust wanted to make sure the land was put to good use, so with the money left over from the $3.8 million dollar buyout they added new soil and grass.   Nothing can be built on the land that's up for auction, but it can be used for things like cattle grazing or hunting.

"We didn't want the land to just sit there and grow up in weeds and just become another eye sore," McBride said.

And as someone who has the fondest of memories in Treece, Williams says he glad someone will be showing the land some love.

"It's really good to see that they are going to use it for something good, instead of just letting it go to waste," Williams said.

The auction will take place tomorrow morning at 10:30 A.M. at the Ottawa County, Oklahoma Road Department Office. 

More Information On The Treece, Kansas Auction: 

The Treece Relocation Assistance Trust will be auctioning land purchased during the voluntary relocation project at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Ottawa County, Oklahoma, Road Department Office (Former Picher City Hall), 1001 N. Connell, Picher, OK. Bidders are asked to arrive early to review the property restrictions prior to commencement of the auction. All land will have an environmental use control (EUC) restricting the use of the property to prevent human occupancy, building construction, or other uses that may disturb the vegetation. Acceptable land use includes wildlife habitat and livestock grazing. A regional map depicting the ten parcels available for auction and accompanying environmental use controls are available.

Parcel Location Map
Parcel 1: ORM27. 1098 SW Star Rd., 1 acre.
Parcel 2: ORM33. 1024 SW Star Rd., 1 acre.
Parcel 3: ORM21. 11082 SW 10th, 1 acre.
Parcel 4: ORM12+. 11238 SW 10th, 2 acres.
Parcel 5: ORM19+. 11567 SW 10th, 6 acres.
Parcel 6: ORM35. 10733 SW 10th, 4.6 acres.
Parcel 7: ORW03. 11974 SW 10th, 3.2 acres.
Parcel 8: City of Treece+. Excludes Block 2 and Block 5, Lots 7-9 (access easement provided from Grove Rd.), approx. 47.5 acres.
Parcel 9: ORM41. 11999 SE Hwy 69, 0.4 acres.
Parcel 10: S-15. 12111 SE Hwy 69, 6.25 acres.

 

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