NAME: Packard
CLIMATE: Hot summers, mild winters
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Harvest, in late June, and July
COMMENTS: Small town, mostly non existant.
REMAINS: Town Well, 3rd grain elevator, Homestead, Packard Lutheran Church
The town of Packard was settled in late 1880's by Henry Miessner. His sister and her family located up the coulee nearby. The town was platted in 1909, and established in 1910. Was to be named Miessner, however Henry did not want this to occur. How the name Packard was chosen is not known. Had post office from 1910 to about 1914. 2 Grain elevators, many homes, a telephone company, lumber yard, store, post office, and school house made Packard an oasis in the dessert, as the nearest town with services like these was 12 miles away. The original Miessner homestead is still there, the original house built in 1888, and the main house in 1901. Barn built in 1890's. The town well can be found to the entrance to the elevators near the phone box. The elevator burned down in 1921 and again in 1946, thus ending the Packard Farmers Warehouse Company. If you travel north on the Paha-Packard Road, you will find at the county line, the Lutheran Church, the bell tower removed, and now a shop, but its stained glass windows in tack! Exit 215 on I-90. Banana Ranch behind elevator in field along with dam. Across near Miessner House is also an abandoned homesite (ring of bushes around it, windmill decaying with cistern at base) Submitted by: T Pulliam