Extinct Towns of Douglas County, Kansas

Douglas County, Kansas Pioneers, 1856.

Douglas County, Kansas Pioneers, 1856.

Douglas County, Kansas Map 1889

Douglas County, Kansas Map 1889


Black Jack

Bismarck Grove



Hickory Point-Stony Point

Lone Star

Oak Ridge

Pleasant Grove


Twin Mound

Willow Springs

More Extinct Towns


Post Office Dates Additional Information
Aeolia None
Akron 1870 The post office was only open for a month. It moved from and to Willow Springs.
Aladdin 1875-1881
Alexander None
Alfred 1875-1878, 1882-1902 A hamlet in the southwestern part of Douglas County, it was ten miles west of Quayle, the nearest railroad station, and about four miles west of Lone Star.
Appanoose 1857-1860, 1870-1902 First established in Franklin County before moving to Douglas County. In 1910 was described as a small hamlet situated in the extreme southwestern corner, eight miles southeast of Overbrook, the nearest railroad station. At that time, it had a population of less than 20.
Baden 1883-1886, 1888-1891 Situated on the Santa Fe Trail, a marker commemorates the old site.
Bald Eagle None
Barbers Station None
Belevue None
Belmont None
Benicia None
Black Jack Point None
Blackfau, aka Blackfaw None
Blanton 1855-1856 Blanton’s Bridge at Oregon & California Trailcrossing of the Wakarusa River south of Lawrence in 1855. Napoleon Blanton, Proprietor. Toll bridge was authorized by the 1855 Territorial Legislature. Napoleon Blanton.
Bloomington 1855-1858 Bloomington merged with Clinton.
Blue Jackets Crossing None Also called Blue Jackets Ford. Crossing of the Wakarusa River c1855. George Bluejacket, Propietor. Settlement was incorporated as “Sebastian” and consisted of a hotel run by Charles or George Bluejacket, who also operated a ferry, and a store operated by William “Dutch Bill” Greiffenstein. William C. Quantrill crossed here in 1863 to attack Lawrence.
Blue Mound None
Brooklyn None Brooklyn, also called Brookline, was settled as early as 1855 and was incorporated in 1858. William Quantrill’s men destroyed all but the saloon/general store as they retreated from burning down Lawrence in August 1863. Today, only a Santa Fe Trail marker exists at the old townsite.
Calcutta 1875-1881
Camp Sackett None
Camp Saunders None
Camp Saunders, Kansas 1856

Camp Saunders 1856

This was a Pro-Slavery stronghold, located 12 miles southwest of Lawrence, Kansas Territory. It was destroyed by Free-State settlers in 1856.

Chandler None
Chester None
Clearfield 1885-1900 A small hamlet in the southeastern part of Douglas County, it was located on a branch of the Wakarusa River, four miles east of Vinland. In 1910, it had a population of fewer than 20 inhabitants.
Collinwood Farm None
Coon Point None
Douglas 1855 Also called Douglas City. The post office moved to Lecompton.
East None
Echo 1874-1875, 1878-1900
Elysian Plains None
Excelsior None
Fall Leaf None
Gideon 1883-1902 A hamlet located in the central part of Douglas County, it was about eight miles southwest of Lawrence.
Glasgow City 1875
Glen Burn 1856-1857
Glendale 1881-1894
Grover 1886-1895
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad tracks at Grover, Kansas.

ATSF Tracks

Located in the extreme northwestern part of the county, it was situated on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad about 15 miles northwest of Lawrence.

Hesper 1868-1900
Hesper Friends Church southeast of Eudora, Kansas, courtesy Wikipedia.

Hesper Friends Church

Hesper was founded in 1858 by Quakers wanting to lend support to the free-state cause. In 1884, the Hesper Academy was established with the objective “to advance the cause of education, morals, and religion.” The school building is a two-story frame, erected at a cost of $3,500. Hesper Academy did preparatory work for any college or university in the West. It was dependent wholly upon tuition fees for its support.  In 1910, Hesper had a population of 36. Unfortunately, the town of Hesper and the academy didn’t make it. The school closed in 1912. It was located about three miles southeast of Eudora on N. 1100 Rd. There are still a few homes in the area as well as the Hesper Friends Church.

Hog Back None
Hole in the Rock None
Holling 1869-1900 Holling was located in the southern portion of the county eight miles from Lawrence and three miles from Vinland, the nearest railroad town.
India None
Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad at India, Kansas.

ATSF Railroad

Situated along the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad south of Lawrence, Kansas.

Jefferson 1865-1872 Also called Jefferson City, it was first established in Jefferson County.
Kanwaka 1857-1870, 1898-1900
Kanwaka Hall east of Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Kanwaka Hall

Located four miles west of Lawrence, the place that was an area rather than a town was first settled in 1854. Its name is a combination of the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. It is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Stull Road.

Kennedy Valley None
Kezerville 1856
Lake View 1898-1914
Fishing at Lakeview, Kansas.

Fishing at Lake View

Also known as Horseshoe Lake, this was a hamlet in the northern part of Douglas County located on the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad and a branch of the Kansas River, five miles northwest of Lawrence. In 1910, it had a money order post office, telegraph and express facilities, and a population of 15.

Lane 1855-1856
Lapeer 1855-??
One of the old settlements of Douglas County, it was located in the southwest corner, in the Wakarusa Valley, about eight miles northeast of Overbrook, the nearest railroad station. The first settlers located there in 1855, and the following year a post office was established. During the summer of 1856, a store was opened and several houses were erected, but the town practically died after the traffic on the Santa Fe Trail was abandoned.
Louisiana 1856-1857
Marshall None
McKinney 1857-1868
Media 1878-1903 The post office moved from Prairie City.
Midland None
Union Pacific Railroad at Midland, Kansas.

Midland Railroad

A hamlet located on the Union Pacific Railroad about four miles north of Lawrence. In 1910, it had a population of 50.

Miller’s Springs None Also called Miller and Millerburg.
Mission Camp None
Mount Aeolia None
Mount Hope None
Mount Oread None Mount Oread is a hill in Lawrence, Kansas, upon which the University of Kansas and parts of Lawrence are located.
Mount Vernon None
Neoma None
Nevada City 1855-1857
New Boston None
New Haven None
Noria None Located in Wakarusa Township just a few miles east of Lawrence along the line of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
North Lawrence 1865-1885 First established in Jefferson County, its name changed from Jefferson to North Lawrence in December 1872.
Orbondale None Also known as Auburndale.
Ottawa None
Pacific City None
Palmyra 1857-1862 The town merged with and the name was changed to Baldwin City.
Prairie City 1856-1878 The post office moved to Media.
Red Deer None
Redemption City None
Saint Charles None
Salem None
Scottsville None
Sebastian None Geoorge Bluejacket was an incorporator of Sebastian.
Seigel 1900-1901
Sibley 1884-1934 A hamlet located on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, seven miles south of Lawrence. In 1910, it had a post office and express facilities and a population of 25. The railroad name was Sibleyville.
Sigel 1862-1874
Sigel, Kansas school.

Sigel school.

Also called Sigel Station, this small town was located on the St. Louis, Lawrence, and Western Railroad. The life of the railroad and Sigel Station was short. It was established in 1874 and was defunct by 1877. The townsite had a school district No. 8. The old townsite was flooded with the building of Clinton Lake.

Stanton None
Stewart None
Titus/Fort Titus None
Fort Titus, Lecompton, Kansas by Kathy Alexander.

Fort Titus

A Confederate stronghold. Near Lecompton; voting precinct 1854 and 1855. A replica fort has been established in Lecompton.

Tokeska None
Tyler Place None Vacated 1895.
Wakansa None
Wakarusa 1857-1866
Wakefield None
Walker City None
Washington None Incorporated 1855. Near Big Springs on the California Trail.
Washington Creek 1873-1882
Weaver 1891-1903 A hamlet that was located in the extreme northeastern portion of the county on the south bank of the Kansas River, about three miles northeast of Eudora.
Wheatland 1856
Wilson’s Springs None Probably Willow Springs.
Winchester None
Worden 1884-1904
An old building in Worden, Kansas by Kathy Alexander.

Worden Building

Also spelled  Warden, this was a hamlet located in the south-central part of the county about seven miles west of Baldwin City. In 1910 the population was 26.

Yankee Town None Later part of Lawrence.
Yellow Springs None

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