Boicourt, Kansas

St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Box Depot in Boicourt, Kansas.

St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Box Depot in Boicourt, Kansas.

Boicourt, Kansas, once located about three miles northwest of Trading Post in Linn County, is now an extinct town.

The town got its start when J. B. Grinnell purchased 80 acres and made a survey. Lot sales began in the fall of 1869. Located at Hensley’s Point, the settlement would go by several names throughout the years.

John B. Leabo, who opened a store, erected the first building. When the post office opened on  December 1, 1869, Leabo was appointed the first Postmaster, and the town was named Barnard. William Stark taught at the first school in John Morrison’s house in the winter of 1869-70.

By the early 1880s, the small town contained eight dwellings and about 40 residents. On January 25, 1886, the name was changed to Cobb for just a few short months until July 9, 1886, when it was changed to Boicourt.

In 1910, Boicourt had grown to about 100 people. Through the years, the town dwindled, and its post office closed its doors forever on March 31, 1964.

Today, the area is filled with farms and homes. Nearby are two historic cemeteries, including Maple Grove, which was established in the early 1860s. It is located at US 69 and 1800th St, seven miles north of Pleasanton.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, updated June 2024.

Also See:

Extinct Towns of Linn County

Kansas Ghost Towns

Linn County, Kansas

Linn County Photo Gallery


Blackmar, Frank W.; Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, 1812.
Cutler, William G.; Kansas: History of the State of Kansas, 1883.