|Silkville home, circa 1870's, photo H.W. Barker|
De Boissière's silk would gain national attention and win prizes at several expositions, but the community disappeared, the victim of cheap silk from China.
|Silk Culture in Kansas|
The house burned down and today, all that remains is a one room schoolhouse off of old highway 50. If you look closely at the image above, you can see a white haired de Boissière standing in the doorway of the schoolhouse.
|old Silkville schoolhouse|
|Silkville school, winter 2014|
|Silkville schoolhouse, November 2013|
|Silkville schoolhouse, spring 2012|
By 1892 the dream was gone and de Boissière gave donated the home and land to an orphanage. He returned to France where he died in 1894.
Original image of old Silkville school from Kansas Memories. Read more about Ernest de Boissiere.