Early days in Kansas were filled with courthouse wars and scandals of every type. We think its bad today but there were scammers even then.
One story my grandfather told was about the town of Ulysses. It seems they built a new beautiful brick schoolhouse and assessed taxes on it to the town. The people got tired of paying the taxes and so jacked up their buildings and houses and moved across the draw out of the city limits thereby leaving no one to pay for the school house.
Most buildings were on skids and could be towed by teams of horses or mules to new locations with ease.