Extinct Towns of Cloud County, Kansas

A farm near the old town of St. Joseph, Kansas by Kathy Alexander.

A farm near the old town of St. Joseph, Kansas by Kathy Alexander.

Extinct Towns:

Camp Concordia

Minersville

More Extinct Towns:

Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
Alva 1871-1878 The post office moved to Jamestown.
Arion 1870-1872
1875-1883
Beaver Creek 1871-1877
Carmel 1873-1886
1887-1894
Cloud 1881 The post office was only open from May to December 1881.
Como 1900-1904 Como was located about 7.5 miles due east of Aurora.
Cool 1881-1887
Fannie  1870-1878
Garley/Wild Rover 1873-1876
1876-1881
 The post office was moved from Garley to Wild Rover on August 4, 1876.
Gillespie 1879-1883 Gillespie was a station on the Atchison,Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
Graves  1882-1889
1890-1904
Graves was a small town located in the central part of Cloud County, about ten miles south of Concordia.
Green Cove 1879-1881
Half Way/Cransdale  1872-1877
1877-1900
 The town’s name was changed from Cransdale to Half Way on April 11, 1877.
 Heber 1881-1904 Heber, situated near the head of East Pipe Creek, was about 15 miles southeast of Concordia. After its post office closed, mail was received through the post office at Miltonvale.
Huscher 1892-1914
1915-1934
Huscher, located in Nelson Township, was six miles southeast of Concordia. It had a station on the  Atchison,Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad and was connected to Concordia by telephone in the early 1900s. By 1910, it had a local trade, did some shipping, and was called home to about 50 people.
Hollis-Sunday 1885-1960 This town was Christie, for W. J. Christie, the original owner of the townsite. However, when the community received a post office, its name was changed to Sunday. However, that was also brief, as, after just six months, the town’s name was changed again to Hollis on August 27, 1885. By 1910, it was a shipping point at the junction of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, and Union Pacific Railroads. At that time, it had a money order post office with one rural route, a telegraph office, a good local trade, and a population of 50. In May 1909, Hollis was hit by a tornado that caused serious damage and killed several people. Only three buildings escaped damage. The community still displays several homes, silos, and one old business building. Area students attend school in Concordia.

Hollis, Kansas courtesy Google Maps.

Hollis, Kansas courtesy Google Maps.

Key 1878-1881
Lawrenceburg/Salt Creek 1868-1869
1869-1901
The post office name changed from Salt Creek to Lawrenceburg on January 15, 1869.
Macyville/Ten Mile 1871-1879
1879-1905
The town’s name changed from Ten Mile to Macyville on August 22, 1879. It was located in Summit Township nine miles southwest of Concordia and about 11 miles northeast of Glasco. The population in 1910 was 62.
Malta 1875-1884
Meredith 1871-1910 Meredith was a small town located about 15 miles south of Concordia and eight miles from Delphos, in Ottawa County, the nearest shipping point and the postoffice from which its mail is distributed. The population in 1910 was 78.
Nelson 1873-1888
Oneonta 1890-1894
Princeville 1871-1882
Red Stone 1869-1887 Red Stone was situated on the Central Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Rice 1878-1980 Rice is located in Lawrence Township six miles east of Concordia. In 1910 it was situated on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, had a money order post office with one rural route, some local trade, and a population of 89. Its close proximity to the larger trading center of Concordia inhibited its growth. Today, it continues to have a small population, homes, grain silos, and an old business building. A stone arch bridge, built in 1899, and restored in 1990 can be seen just north of Rice. Students in the area attend school in nearby Concordia.

An old business building in Rice, Kansas, courtesy Google Maps.

An old business building in Rice, Kansas, courtesy Google Maps.

Sibley 1868-1876 Sibley was founded in 1869, and named for Lake Sibley. Both were named for career soldier named Henry Hopkins Sibley. The was once in the running for the county seat but lost in an 1870 run-off election against Concordia. The lake dried up, the town of Concordia grew up nearby, attracting more settlers and the
population of Sibley drifted away. The area is now abandoned and the land is privately owned and used for farming.
St. Joseph 1878-1882
1885-1901
St. Joseph was founded in 1873 by its first Catholic pastor, Father Louis-Marie Mollier. Its inhabitants were originally predominately Roman Catholics of French American heritage who migrated from Kankakee, Illinois. A large wooden church was built in 1873 and enlarged in 1880. Unfortunately, it burned down in 1910. That year, the congregation laid the cornerstone for a larger brick structure. The town was never incorporated.

Though there is little left of the town today, the beautiful St. Joseph Catholic Church rises above the prairie. The church is no longer consecrated and the Salina Diocese was going to demolish the building. However, the community came together and formed the Guardians of The St. Joseph Church Foundation which preserves the church today. At its peak, 800 people worshiped between the two Sunday masses. It is open only by appointment today. It is located about six miles south of Clyde, Kansas on Noble Road.

St. Joseph, Kansas Catholic Church by Kathy Alexander.

St. Joseph, Kansas Catholic Church by Kathy Alexander.

Sulphur Spring  1875-1895
Warren 1871-1886
Welcome 1884-1885
Yuma 1880-1881
1882-1888
1889-1900
Yuma was located on the Missouri Pacific Railroad five miles west of Concordia. It was located near the intersections of K-28 and County Road 777. A historical marker remains where the town once stood, which was populated from 1878 until the 1930s.
Zahnville 1873-1882 The post office moved to Miltonvale.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, April 2022.

Also See:

Cloud County, Kansas

Cloud County Photo Gallery

Extinct Towns of Cloud County

Kansas Ghost Towns

Sources:

Blackmar, Frank W.; Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Vol I; Standard Publishing Company, Chicago, IL 1912.
Cutler, William G; History of Kansas; A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883.
Kansas Historical Society
Kansapedia
Kansas Travel