Inhabited as of 5/10
Kief is a near-ghost town in McHenry county, and is home to the first Russian Baptist Church ever established in the United States.
Although only listed as having a population of 12 in the 2000 census, the amount of activity we saw on our visit to Kief seemed to suggest a larger population, perhaps twenty? Kief has a bar which was open for business on the day we visited.
US Census Data for Kief
Total Population by Place
1960 – 97
1970 – 46
1980 – 36
2000 – 12
2010 – 13
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Many of the abandoned homes in Kief were in quite good condition, and led us to wonder why someone wouldn’t be interested in buying a home there. The property could surely be had for a song, it’s a beautiful community, and only minimal updating would need to be done.
From the era when a guy came out to your car and pumped your gas, washed the windows, and checked the oil. Let’s bring that back, can we?
Pictured above is the first Russian Baptist Church ever established in the United States.
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