Salina is located in the central part of Kansas and a city and seat of Saline County and sits along Smoky Hill River. The area where the present-day Salina was founded in 1858 by an antislavery group that was led by William A. Phillips and was named after the Saline River who entrances in the Smoky Hill going to the east. The town’s growth started to decline until it was rebuilt in 1903 after it was largely destroyed by the flood. Salina is mostly a trading center for the wheat-growing area nearby, and the grain milling is its chief industry. Many institutions were founded and established in the city that includes the Kansas Wesleyan College and the Kansas State University, which has been a contributing factor to the city’s economy as well.
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