Extinct Towns of Clay County, Kansas

Avery Farm in Clay County, Kansas, 1900.

Avery Farm in Clay County, Kansas, 1900.

Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
Athelstane 1872-1875
1878-1898
Bateham 1875-1902 A little hamlet of Republican Township, near the county’s southern boundary, about 13 miles almost due south of Clay Center. Wakefield was the nearest railroad station.
Broughton/Rose Vale/Springfield 1869-1966
Broughton, Kansas, 1907.

Broughton, Kansas, 1907.

The name changed from Rose Vale to Springfield on September 10, 1885. The name changed back to Rose Vale on October 24, 1887. The name changed from Rose Vale to Broughton on August 17, 1888. In 1910, it was a thriving little town in Clay Center Township, on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific , and the Union Pacific Railroads, a few miles southeast of Clay Center. At that time, it had a money order post office with two rural delivery routes, telegraph, telephone and express service, a hotel, some good general stores, good public schools, and a population of 160. It was the busiest little town between Clay Center and Manhattan. It was razed in 1966 during the construction of Milford Lake.

Carter Creek 1872
1874-1883
The town was established in Washington County. The post office moved to Fact when it closed in 1883.
Chapmanville 1879-1882 The post office moved to Idana.
Charity 1882-1893
Deep Creek 1870-1876
Delavan 1872-1880
Eagle Bend 1871-1872
Exeter 1871-1906 An inland hamlet about ten miles southwest of Clay Center, the county seat and most convenient railroad station.
Fact 1883-1903 The post office moved from Carter Creek. A small hamlet in the northeast corner of the county, it was about 15 miles from Clay Center and eight miles from Palmer, the nearest railroad station. The population in 1910 was 26.
Fancy Creek 1870-1901 A small settlement on the stream of the same name about 13 miles northeast of Clay Center. Palmer was the most convenient railroad station.
Fayettville 1869-1871
Gatesville 1862-1888
Goshen 1883-1884
Goshen, Kansas Church

Goshen Church

Goshen, Kansas school about, 1905.

Goshe School

Hebron 1873-1882
Idana 1882-1980 The post office moved from Chapmanville. The name Idana was a combination of the names of two sisters: Ida Howland and Anna Broughton. It was located in Five Creeks Township on the Union Pacific Railroad, seven miles west of Clay Center. In 1910, it had about 25 business establishments, including a bank. There was also a telegraph office and a money order post office with one rural route. The population in 1910 was 225. As of the 2020 census, the community’s population and nearby areas was 54. It is located 1.5 miles south of US Route 24 along 16th Road. Main Street today is County Road 832. The Presbyterian Church, still the center of much activity in town, was built in 1890. The community has a few vacant business buildings and several homes.

Idana, Kansas Depot, about 1900.

Idana, Kansas Depot, about 1900.

 

Idana, Kansas School, about 1912.

Idana, Kansas School

Idylwild 1897-1901 A hamlet located 11 miles north of Clay Center. The population in 1910 was 15.
Iwacura 1882-1894
Ladysmith 1900-1906 A hamlet ten miles southwest of Clay Center. In 1910, it had a general store and a population of 20. The site is along Kiowa Road today.
Leopaa 1875-1882
Lima/Wyoming Valley 1865-1873 The name changed from Wyoming Valley to Lima on January 15, 1867.
Lovejoy 1873-1876 The post office moved to Industry.
Lund 1885-1886
Madura 1869-1871
Maple Grove 1873 The post office was open for less than six months.
Mellon Springs 1876-1877
Mulberry 1868-1869 The post office moved to Riverdale.
New Grant 1872 The post office was only open for about seven months.
Oak Hill 1871-1995 Oak Hill is a small town in Oakland Township on Chapman Creek, 15 miles southwest of Clay Center.
Oberg 1897-1899 The post office moved to Oscar.
Oscar 1899-1901 The post office moved from Oberg. The hamlet was located 12 miles north of Clay Center. In 1910 its population was 15.
Otter Creek 1869-1878
Peach Grove 1872-1885 Established in Washington County.
Powellsburgh 1872-1881 The post office moved to Green.
Republican City/Five Creeks 1868-1875 The name changed from Five Creeks to Republican City on May 12, 1869.
Smithville 1873-1874 The post office was only open for about five months.
Stitt 1885-1887
Tabor 1873-1887
Uniondale 1899-1902
Vining/Riverdale/Lookout 1869-1955

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, December 2022.

Also See:

Cities & Towns of Kansas

Clay County, Kansas

Everyplace in Kansas

Kansas Ghost Towns

Sources:

Blackmar, Frank W.; Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Vol I; Standard Publishing Company, Chicago, IL 1912.
Clay County, Kansas
Cutler, William G; History of Kansas; A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883.
Kansas Post Office History
Wikipedia