Extinct Towns of Ellis County

An old homestead in Ellis County, Kansas by Kathy Alexander.

An old homestead in Ellis County, Kansas by Kathy Alexander.

Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
Bantam 1906-1910 Located about 12 miles northwest of Hays, the post office moved to Hyacinth in 1910.
Big Creek Station 1867 The post office moved from Fort Fletcher, only open for four months. The post office moved to Hays.
Chetolah 1888-1897 Chetolah got its start in 1886 as a potential railroad town. However, the railroad didn’t come through. The Palatine post office was moved to Chetolah in 1888.
Coyote 1868 The post office was only open for about five months.
Czech Colony None A colony of settlers from Bohemia came to Ellis County in 1885 and settled on land south of Ellis along the Trego County line. The town never grew big enough for a post office.
Easdale 1878-1887 The post office moved to Pfeifer in 1887. Located in the southeast part of Ellis County.
Emmeram/Norddorf 1903-1904 Named after the famous church builder, Father Emmeram Kausler, the community consisted of the Sacred Heart Church and two schools. Though a town plot was filed in 1902, the town never materialized. Post office name Emmeram.
Finch 1907-1908 Located on the Saline River, about 20 miles northeast of Hays.
Fort Fletcher/Fort Hays 1866-1867 Post office at Fort Fletcher. The post office moved to Big Creek Station in 1867.
Hog Back Station None Named for a ridge of land with a sharp summit and sloping sides located halfway between Hays and Ellis. There was a railroad station located in Hog Back at one time. Now Yocemento.
Hyacinth/Bantam 1906-1914 A Volga German community, it was located about ten miles northwest of Hays. The name was changed from Bantam to Hyacinth in 1910. The St. John Baptist church was built in 1906, serving the community until 1967. Only the cemetery remains today.
Martin 1875-1894 Located in North Central Ellis County on the Saline River.
Mendota/Halton 1878-1909 Mendota was a small town about 20 miles northwest of Hays on the Saline River. A post office was established in Halton on March 27, 1878. On February 6, 1882, the name was changed to Mendota and Harvey M. Hallock was the first postmaster. The post office closed on November 30, 1909.
Norfolk 1889-1909
Over Muncha 1880 The post office was only open for five months.
Palatine 1880-1897
Rome None Rome, Kansas, the first settlement to be formed after Ellis County was officially organized, just west of Hays. It was organized by Buffalo Bill Cody.
Severin None Located five miles northwest of Catherine, the town was founded by former members of the Catharine parish. Reverend Father Severin, in whose honor the town was named, was its first pastor. The church was built in May 1916 and was dedicated on June 22, 1916.
Smoky Hill Crossing/Station 1900-1915 Established in 1867 on the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Military Road. Billy Dixon owned a “whisky ranch.”
Stock Range 1883-1895 A small settlement with a post office located in southwest Ellis County on the Smoky Hill River.
Sweetwater 1883-1885
Toulon 1889-1891
1898-1901
A small village located on the Union Pacific Railroad, five miles east and one mile south of Hays. It was first settled In 1876 by people from Pennsylvania.
Turkville 1875-1918 Settled by a colony from Tennessee in 1876, who founded the first Baptist church in Ellis County. It was located in the northeast corner of Ellis County on the Saline River.
Tyner 1880-1881
Vincent None This small village got its start in 1907 when several families of the St. Fidelis Church in Victoria, desired to have a church nearer to their farms.
Viola 1881 The post office was open for less than four months.
Yocemento 1907-1917 Yocemento was the site of a cement plant that eventually went bankrupt.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, updated June 2022.

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Ellis County, Kansas

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Extinct Towns of Ellis County

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