Coffey County, Kansas Extinct Towns

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad shed depot in Hall's Summit, Kansas by H. Killam, 1952.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad shed depot in Hall’s Summit, Kansas by H. Killam, 1952.




Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
Agricola/Hardpan 1875-1974 The name changed from Hardpan to Agricola on January 24, 1876. In 1910 it was a station on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, At that time, it had telegraph and express offices, a money order post office with one rural route, and a population of 100. It was in Rock Island Township, 20 miles northeast of Burlington, and six miles from Waverly. 
Aliceville 1883-1994 Located in Avon Township of Coffey County is an extinct town because it no longer has a post office. However, it is also an interesting ghost town with a number of buildings, a profitable bank, and an active church.
Aurora None A couple of men were sent to Kansas in the summer of 1857 to select a townsite for a company in Aurora, Illinois. The two agents started from Lawrence in a wagon with commissary stores, including a jug of whisky, intending to select some point on the Neosho River for the town. On the second night, they camped on a bleak prairie, about six miles south of Torquois Creek, in what is now Rock Creek Township. During the night, the whisky gave out, and there being no prospect of replenishing their stock without returning to Lawrence, they selected the spot where they camped that night for the townsite and returned to Aurora, where they made a flattering report to the home company of the result of their mission. The new town, Aurora, was surveyed and platted, a house was erected, and an unsuccessful attempt was made to dig a well. Nothing else was done, and the enterprise was soon abandoned. The house was occupied for many years by Thomas Dixon and his family, and the place was known as Dixons Lone House. It was kept as a house of public entertainment.
Avon 1865-1888
Bagdad 1889-1890 The post office was open for less than seven months.
Bancroft 1876-1882
Bangor 1871-1886 Located at the junction of Dinner and South Big Creeks, it was founded by people from Boston, Massachusetts. A post office moved from Fredericktown and was changed to Bangor. The first settlements and improvements were made in 1872. The members of the colony, before leaving Boston, elected township officers, supposing that the place they were going to was an uninhabited wilderness. Twelve business and dwelling houses were erected, but owing to dissensions among the people, the town sickened and died, and the buildings were removed to neighboring farms. The last building remaining was a hotel, which was removed by F. A. Atherly, in October 1882. The post office moved to Gridley.
Bellgrade 1883-1886
Bluffton 1888-1892
Brown None A station on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway.
California None This place was located on Benedict Creek in the spring of 1858. However, no buildings were ever erected there.
Camp Creek 1857-1865
Chickasaw None Started in 1857 by parties in Louisville, Kentucky, as a rival to Hampden. Its location was a mile east of Hampden. It was purely a paper town, no improvements ever having been made there.
Corona 1870-1878
Crandall 1888-1906
Crotty 1887-1906
Dixon 1872-1878 The post office moved to Halls Summit.
Eclipse 1873-1883 The post office moved to Antioch.
Ethel 1899 The post office was open for less than five months. Order of change rescinded.
Fredericktown 1866-1871 The post office moved to Bangor.
Halls Summit/Warnerton 1878-1935 The post office moved from Dixon. It was named for Ezra E. Hall, postmaster. The name was changed from Halls Summit to Warnerton on July 10, 1884. It changed back to Halls Summit on February 25, 1890. In 1910, it was a station on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. At that time, it had a bank, various lines of mercantile interests, telegraph and express offices, and a money order post office with one rural route. The population in 1910 was 125. It was located 14 miles north of Burlington.
Hampden 1857-1858
Hampden was the county seat from May 23, 1863, to November 24, 1865, when it lost out to Burlington.
Key West/Queen City 1871-1885 The name changed from Queen City to Key West on December 20, 1877.
Kong 1890-1901
Lebo Creek 1872-1880
Martindale 1871-1880
Moody None A station on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway.
Nashville 1858-1866 This town was located in Star Township. Its founders were W. J. Sanders, John J. Sanders, G. W. Campbell, and Mr. Caseboom. Platted in the spring of 1858, it had a store, blacksmith shop, a  post office, and a half dozen dwelling houses. It declined due to the drought of 1860 and afterward became a farm.
Neosho City 1857-1861 Founded in 1856 by Marcus J. Parrott, Joel K. Goodin, and others in Neosho Township. A hotel, store, sawmill, and other buildings were erected early on. The town failed, however, to attract settlers, and by an act of the Territorial Legislature on February 27, 1860, the town was vacated and the plat and record annulled.
Oread None This was a paper town located near the farm of Wesley Stubblefield, ten miles northeast of Burlington. It was started as speculation by a party of Lawrence men, of which Governor Robinson was the head, in the winter of 1856-57. B. L. Kingsbury surveyed the town in the spring of 1857, and many shares in the town, of ten lots each, were sold by the proprietors. No houses were ever built there.
Ottumwa 1857-1906 Located on the Neosho River in Ottumwa Township, Ottumwa was established in 1857. Once showing great promise, it had a university.
Patmos 1890-1902
Pottawatomie 1882-1906 Pottawatomie was surveyed in the spring of 1858 by Orson Kent, but it was never platted. George W. Fletcher and Harmon Hozier erected houses there, but the town didn’t grow. However, it still existed in 1910, though it post office had closed. At that time, it received its mail by rural route from Westphalia in Anderson County. It was located on the east line of the county, about 15 miles northeast of Burlington and six miles northwest of Westphalia.
Section 1882-1894
Sharpe 1890-1918 A station on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, it had a money order post office, an express office, and a population of 40 in 1910. It was located nine miles north of Burlington.
Strawn/Sidney/Strawnsburgh 1870-1963 Named for Enos Strawn, pioneer. Was on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway. From 1904 to 1951, the old town site of Strawn was plagued by flooding of the Neosho River. In the late 1950s, the Army Corp of Engineers claimed Strawn for flood area as plans were being made to build John Redmond Dam. Afterward, the town moved to a new site and became “New Strawn” in 1962. Today, the old town of Strawn is now mostly underwater. 
Valley Green 1878-1879
Viva None A station on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
Coffey County, Kansas Map by L.H. Everts & Co., 1887

Coffey County, Kansas Map by L.H. Everts & Co., 1887

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Cutler, William G; History of Kansas; A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883.
Kansas Post Office History