Crawford County Extinct Towns

Crawford County, Kansas Coal Mining.

Crawford County, Kansas Coal Mining.

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Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
50 Camp NA
50 Camp in Crawford County, Kansas.

50 Camp

This mining camp was located about two miles west of Arma. It was a company town of Central Coal and Coke Company.

Base Line 1870-1872
Beulah 1874-1955 Located in Sheridan Township, the town was founded in 1874 by a colony of Methodists.
Brazilton 1882-1966 An unincorporated community in Walnut Township, the town was named for Thomas Brazil, a farmer who resided there. It was a station and shipping point on the Pittsburg & Chanute division of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. In 1910, it had a money order post office, express, telegraph, and telephone service, some good general stores, and did considerable shipping. The Catholics and Lutherans were the leading religious denominations. In 1910, Brazilton reported a population of 150. The railroad tracks were removed in the 1990s. It is located along Highway K-3, eight miles northwest of Girard.
Breezy Hill 1916-1919 Breezy Hill, was a small unincorporated mining camp located about two miles east of Arma. At one time, it had many homes, a school, and several businesses.

Breezy Hill, Kansas Street Scene

Breezy Hill Street

Breezy Hill, Kansas School

Breezy Hill School

Bruce 1898-1906
Capaldo NA Capaldo was a mining camp located two miles west of Frontenac. The Capaldo Camp was planned on August 29, 1912, by the Cherokee and Pittsburg Coal and Mining Company as a company camp. It was settled that year by Italian immigrants and named for the original owners of the land. Two section roads served as important streets for the company camp. Underground mines of different companies surrounded the camp. In the early 2000s, the community was annexed into the city of Frontenac. Today, it is a neighborhood of homes.

Jackson & Walker Mine in Capaldo, Kansas.

Jackson & Walker Mine

Capaldo, Kansas School

Capaldo School

Cato Cato, Kansas, was the oldest town in Crawford County.
Chicopee 1892-1918 Chicopee was a coal mining community.
Coalvale/Bovard 1880-1907 Coalvale, a coal-mining town, was first called Bovard when a post office opened on January 5, 1880. However, a few days later, the name was changed to Coalville on January 19, 1880. The location was home to the Lewis Coal Company. The post office closed on April 30, 1907.
Crawfordsville 1867-1873 Near Girard, established in 1867; abandoned 1869; named for Governor S. J. Crawford.
Croweburg 1908-1972 Croweburg was a station on the Joplin & Pittsburg electric line.
Curranville 1905-1915 Curranville was incorporated in 1906. In 1910, Curranville, a coal-mining town, was a station on the Kansas City Southern Railroad. In 1910, it was described as a thriving town with a money-order post office, some well-stocked general stores, telephone connections, and a population of 773. Today, nothing is left of the town except for a few scattered homes. It was located about 12 miles east of Girard, Kansas.

Curranville, Kansas Street

Curranville Street

Curranville, Kansas Public School

Curranville School

Drywood 1894-1915 Drywood Creek rises three miles northwest of Farlington. Bone Creek empties into Drywood about two miles east of Cato. The first county bridge in the township was across Bone Creek, a mile and one-half east of the Hatch schoolhouse.
Dunkirk 1915-1919 Dunkirk was a small unincorporated mining camp for the Weir Coal Company. It was located two miles west of Franklin.

Dunkirk, Kansas Street.

Dunkirk Street.

Dunkirk, Kansas Public School.

Dunkirk School.

Edison NA Edison was a mining town located along what is now Highway K-47, about two miles west of US Highway 69. At its peak, the population was about 300. There are currently a few houses in the area.

Edison, Kansas Central Coal & Coke-Company

Central Coal & Coke Company

Edison, Kansas Store

Edison Store

Englevale/Calvin 1891-1954 Originally named Calvin. The town was a stop on the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
Fleming 1892-1908 Fleming was a coal mining town located about six miles southwest of Pittsburg. It was named for Ira Fleming, superintendent of a coal company. At one time, it had a population of about 100.

Fleming, Kansas Store

Fleming Store

Fleming, Kansas School

Fleming School

Foxtown NA Foxtown was a mining camp located two miles east of Franklin. It once had a school, a church, and several business buildings.

Foxtown, Kansas Street.

Foxtown Street

Foxtown, Kansas School

Foxtown School

Fuller 1894-1914 Fuller was a coal-mining town with a Kansas City Southern Railroad station. In 1910, it had a money order post office, telegraph and express offices, telephone connections, a good local trade, and a population of 351. It was located ten miles east of Girard.
Greenbush 1874-1901
Green Elm 1872-1894
Green Elm School in Pittsburg, Kansas courtesy Historical Marker Database.

Green Elm School

Green Elm was located on Hickory Creek, about five miles southwest of Idell. It once had a one-room school that held classes from 1872 to 1955 and employed 66 teachers. Though the town is gone today, the school now sits at the Crawford County Historical Museum in Pittsburg.

Gross 1907-1934 A post office was established on September 28, 1907, and named for the land owners. However, it would be years later before the town was platted. The Gross Camp was platted and established in northeastern Crawford County on December 12, 1914. Section roads served as important streets for the camp. The St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad had spurs to underground mines near Gross. Miners who resided in this non-company camp worked in nearby mines of various coal companies. Gross was the location of Crawford county school #135 and the A.B. Ryder Mercantile Company. There are several scattered homes in the area. The camp was located about five miles southwest of Arcadia.

Gross, Kansas Main Street.

Gross Street.

Gross, Kansas Public School.

Gross School.

Hadley 1881-1894
Hamilton 1868-1871
Hink 1889-1894
Hopefield 1870-1876 The Hopefield post office was established in Baker Township in 1871, with J. W. Lane appointed the first Postmaster. The post office moved to New Pittsburgh.
Howe NA A small mining community located about 16 miles northeast of Pittsburg.

Howe, Kansas Street.

Howe Street.

Howe, Kansas Public School

Howe School

Idell 1870-1901 Idell was situated on Hickory Creek, 12 miles southwest of Girard. C. W. McCloud was its first postmaster. A Catholic Church was located two miles to the northeast.
Ingleton/Arnold 1871-1872 The name was changed from Arnold to Ingleton on February 26, 1872. Afterward, the post office only remained open for about seven months.
Iowa City 1867
Iowa City was situated two miles southeast of Pittsburg. The post office was only open for less than two months the first time. At that time, it contained only a store and a residence, both owned by Isaac Hobson, who came to the area in the fall of 1866. It must have grown some afterward as the post office reopened in 1870 but closed again in 1877.
Kirkwood NA The coal mining camp was named for Archie B. Kirkwood, a co-owner of the Wear Coal Company and the Crowe Coal Company. In 1891, John Anderson opened a gin shaft southeast of Pittsburg. In 1892, Archie Kirkwood and Frank Wear purchased the Anderson shaft. They began operations on August 1, calling the shaft No. 2. The Wear Coal Company was then organized and commenced operations and soon opened and operated 12 shafts.
La Coy 1876-1883 The post office was moved from Strongstown.
Litchfield 1878-1903 Litchfield, Kansas, was a busy coal-mining town on Carbon Creek
Lone Oak 1884-1886 A coal mining camp northwest of Pittsburg on the other side of Cow Creek. Guss Johnston arrived from Topeka and sunk the Lone Oak shaft. In 1885, a mining accident in the Lone Oak Coal Company shaft killed two miners and injured four more. In the end, the shaft was not a success. Though the coal was fine, it failed due to the faulty construction of the mine. The pillars had been left too small, and before long, the mine commenced to “squeeze,” the roof settled in, and work had to be abandoned. Others who came afterward also failed, and the railroad company then pulled up the switches, and the mine was abandoned. Afterward, the houses were gradually moved away.
Midway/Nyack 1871-1878
In the earlier days of the county, this place was a station on the old stage route known as “Holes-in-the-Prairie.” After the Civil War, a settlement was here along the Cherryvale Division of the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad. This mining camp was called Nyack when a post office opened in 1871. It closed in 1878. When the post office reopened in 1886, its name was changed to Midway for its geographical position between Fort Scott and Baxter Springs. Midway was located in the eastern part of the county.
Mount Carmel 1871-1895
Monmouth 1866-1955 Monmouth is located in southwest Crawford County. Today, there is little left but scattered houses. However, the Trinity Holiness Church remains open. It is located about five miles northeast of McCune on E 516th Avenue.
Nelson 1895-1905
Osborn 1867-1872
Ringo 1915-1957 This coal mining camp was named for the owners of the land on which shaft mines were sunk. Ringo is currently a small grouping of houses one mile south and three miles west of Franklin.

Ringo, Kansas Street

Ringo Street

Ringo, Kansas Mine & Washhouse

Ringo Mine & Washhouse

Strongstown 1873-1876 The post office moved to La Coy.
Time 1875-1878 The post office moved to McCune.
Wilkie 1885-1886
Yale 1892-1914 Yale was a mining town located in Washington Township on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. In 1910, it had general stores, telephone connections, telegraph and express offices, boarding houses, an international money order post office, and a population of 862. The community still has several homes and the world-famous Chicken Mary’s and Chicken Annie’s restaurants. It is located 13 miles southeast of Girard.

Yale, Kansas Street Scene

Yale Street

Yale, Kansas Baptist Church

Yale Baptist Church

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Pittsburg Memories