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Wichita, Kansas skyline by Kathy Alexander.

Wichita, Kansas skyline by Kathy Alexander.

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Place Name County Place Type Post Office Dates More Information
Wabaunsee Wabaunsee Extinct Town 1855-1944
Wabaunsee & Webster City Ferry Wabaunsee Lost Place Operated 1858-66 on the Kansas River; Wabaunsee Town Company, Proprietor.
Wabaunsee County Wabaunsee Current County NA One of the original 36 counties, it was established in 1855. It was first called Richardson County. Alma is the county seat.
Waca Sedgwick Lost Town
Waco/Cowskin Sedgwick Lost Town 1870-1905 Indian village. The name changed from Cowskin to Waco on February 25, 1873.
Waconda Mitchell Lost Town Platted by James W. Terry, prior to March 1871; abandoned in 1873. Later it became Waconda Springs.
Waconda Lake Mitchell Current Lake On the former site of Waconda Springs. Waconda Lake at Glen Elder State Park.
Waconda Springs Mitchell Lost Place Today it is Waconda Lake at Glen Elder State Park.
Wade, Wade’s Branch Miami Lost Town
Wadsworth Leavenworth Lost Town 1886-1971
Wadsworth Mound Anderson Place Ten miles from Garnett, Wadsworth Mound was used as a lookout by the Indians and later by John Brown, the famed abolitionist.
Wadson, Woodson Marshall or Nemaha Lost Town
Wagner Shawnee Lost Town 1880 The post office was only open for four months.
Wagnersville Phillips Lost Town
Wagon Bed Springs Grant Historic Site On the Santa Fe Trail.
Wagonda Osborne On the south fork of the Solomon River.
Wagstaff Miami Named for W. R. Wagstaff, pioneer.
Wah Wah Butler Lost Town 1870-1871 The post office was only open for about eight months.
Wah Wah Suk Shawnee Lost Town 1870-1871 Sixteen miles west of Topeka. The post office was only open for ten months.
Wakansa Douglas Lost Town None
Wakarusa Douglas Lost Town 1857-1866 Incorporated into Lawrence. On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
Wakarusa River Crossing On the Oregon Trail.
WaKeeney Trego Current Town On the Kansas Pacific Railroad.
Wakefield Clay Current Town English settlement.
Wakefield Douglas Lost Town None
Wakeman Norton Lost Town
Waldeck/Cottonwood Holes Marion Lost Town None First situated along the Santa Fe Trail. On the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad in 1887.
Waldo Russell Current Town
Waldron Harper Current Town 1902-2005 Named for Howard D. Waldron, postmaster. The post office closed on January 29, 2005.
Walker/Mount Gilead Anderson Name Change 1857-1866 Name changed to Mount Gilead; now Greeley.
Walker Elk Named for J. E. Walker, pioneer.
Walker Ellis Current Town -2004 Named after a pioneer. Was on the Kansas Pacific Railroad. The post office closed on June 26, 2004.
Walker City Douglas Lost Town None
Wall Street Linn Lost Town 1872-1902 Located about eight miles northwest of Mound City.
Walkerton Bourbon Lost Town 1883-1910 It was named for John S. Walker, a merchant and postmaster. It was on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway about seven miles southwest of Fort Scott.
Wallace Wallace Current County NA Created from unorganized area in 1868. Sharon Springs is the county seat.
Wallace Wallace Current Town -2011 Founded in 1865. Was on the Kansas Pacific Railroad. The post office closed on March 5, 2011.
Wallula Wyandotte Lost Town 1889-1918
1925-1942
A small village in the northwestern portion of the county. It was located on the Missouri Pacific Railroad 17 miles northwest of Kansas City.
Walnut Butler Lost Town 1870-1876 Was on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
Walnut/Walnut Station Crawford Current Town In 1877 Walnut Station shortened its name to Walnut. Located in Walnut Grove Township, 6.5 miles east of Erie. It was on the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway.
Walnut City Cowley Name Change See Creswell and Delphi, former names of Arkansas City.
Walnut City Rush Lost Town
Walnut Creek Barton Lost place Station on Santa Fe Trail, 1853.
Walnut Creek Butler Lost Town
Walnut Creek Saline Lost Town
Walnut Creek Bridge Jackson Lost Place Established 1860. This bridge was actually over the Delaware River.
Walnut Creek Crossing Rush Lost Place Established in 1867 on the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Military Road. Alexander Harvey was the proprietor of a road ranch in 1872.  Near Alexander.
Walnut Grove Doniphan Lost Town 1856-1862 Grandison Wilson, postmaster. The post office moved to Bayne’s Bridge, discontinued 1870. Exact location uncertain, but probably a short distance northwest of Bayne’s Bridge.
Walnut Grove Linn Lost Town 1873-1875
Walnut Grove Mitchell Lost Town
Walnut Hill Bourbon Lost Town 1863-1875 It was six miles northeast of Uniontown. N.A. Riber was the first postmaster.
Walsburg Riley Lost Town 1891-1935
Walton Harvey Current Town. Named for James Walton, merchant. Was on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
Walton Osage Lost Town 1858-1864
Wamego Pottawatomie Current Town. On the Oregon Trailand the Smoky Hill Trail. A division of the Kansas Pacific Railroad moved here in April 1870.
Wanamaker Shawnee Lost Town 1889-1903 A hamlet five miles west of Topeka, it had a population of 17 in 1910. Part of Topeka today.
Wannersburg Allen Lost Town 1880-1891 Also spelled Wannersburgh.
Wano Cheyenne Lost Town Vacated 1893.
Wano Decatur Lost Town
Wanshara, Waushara Lyon Lost Town
Wanzoppea Miami Lost Town Town company was incorporated 1857.
Waponsa, Waubonsa and Waupausa Wabaunsee Name Change Now Wabaunsee.
Ward Wilson Lost Town 1872-1901 It was located near the east line of the county in Pleasant Valley Township, about 18 miles northeast of Fredonia, the county seat, and 3 or 4 miles south of Vilas.
Waring Lost Town 1888-1898
Warren Cloud Lost Town
Warrendale Grant Lost Town 1891-1901
1907-1916
A country post office located 15 miles northeast of Ulysses.
Warrenton Bourbon Lost Town
Wasea, Wasceca, Waseca Johnson Lost Town
Washburn Bourbon Lost Town 1883-1885 It was five miles northeast of Fulton. The first postmaster was L.B. Washburn, and the post office was located in his home.
Washburne Wichita Lost Town Vacated 1897.
Washington Douglas Lost Town None Incorporated by the Bogus Legislature in 1855. Near Big Springs on the California Trail.
Washington Osage Lost Town Santa Fe Trail crossing of 110 Creek.
Washington Shawnee Lost Town Founded by Captain E. Allen in 1855.
Washington Washington Current Town
Washington County Washington Current County NA Created from unorganized area in 1857. The county seat is Washington.
Washington Creek Douglas Lost Town 1873-1882
Watchorn Marion Lost Town None Watchorn was a former oil boom community during the 1910s and 1920s. It is located at the corner of Timber Rd and 60th St.
Waterford Grant Lost Town None An Irish settlement established in 1886. Located in southeast Grant County on the border with Stevens County near the Cimarron River.
Waterloo Lyon Lost Town 1858-1874 Waterloo was the first county seat in Lyon County.
Watertown Anderson Lost Town
Watertown Smith Lost Town Located 1884.
Waterville Marshall Current Town
Waterville Riley Name Change Now Randolph.
Wathena Doniphan Current Town
Wathena & Elwood Ferry Road Doniphan Lost Place NA Cleared by Daniel Vanderslice in April 1854.
Watson Shawnee Lost Town 1883-1899
Waushara Lyon Lost Place 1858-1862
1863-1895
Located on the Santa Fe Trail, five miles west of the Lyon/Osage County line.
Waverly Coffey Current Town
Wepeahu ?? Paper Town None Town company was incorporated in 1857. Appears to have been a “paper town.”
Waupego Chase Lost Town None Located near the mouth of Diamond Springs Creek, four or five miles west of Cottonwood Falls. The townsite was incorporated in 1858.
Waushara, Wanshara Lost Town See Wanshara.
Waveland Shawnee Lost Town  1862-1900
Way Geary Lost Town Discontinued in 1882.
Way Side Rice Lost Town Discontinued 1882.
Wayside Montgomery Lost Town 1887-1984 Was station on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in Caney Township, 11 miles southwest of Independence. In 1910, it had an express office, a money order post office with one rural route, and a population of 40. Its old post office is at the Little House on the Prairie museum southwest of Independence.
Waynesburg Greenwood Lost Town
Wea Baptist Mission Miami Lost Town One mile east of Paola.
Wealthy City Allen Lost Town
Weaver Douglas Lost Town 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.
Weaver Osage Lost Town 1882-1887 The post office moved to Rosemont.
Webb Barton Lost Town 1880-1889
Webber Jewell Current Town
Webster City Butler Lost Town Established 1873.
Webster City Pottawatomie Lost Town
Wegram Dickinson Name Change The name changed to Hope.
Weir Cherokee Current Town
Weirs Johnson Lost Town
Welda Anderson Current Town
Wellington Sumner Current Town County seat.
Wells Marshall Lost Town 1878-1884 Named for John D. Wells, the earliest permanent settler in the county.
Wells Ottawa -1996 The post office closed on November 23, 1996.
Wellsville Franklin Current Town
Wendell Butler Lost Town 1901-1904
Wendell Edwards Lost Town Vacated 1895.
Wesley Dickinson Lost Town 1887-1895
West Asher Mitchell Lost Town
West Cedar Phillips Lost Town
West Creek Republic Lost Town
West Haven Stanton Lost Town Vacated 1895.
West Hope Jewell Lost Town
West Humboldt Woodson Lost Town
West Line Miami Lost Town
West Mineral Cherokee Current Town
West Paradise Osborne Lost Town
West Point, Whiskey Point, Riley City Geary Lost Town
West Point Rush Lost Town 1878-1894
West Union Norton Lost Town
West Union Washington Lost Town
West Union Landing Doniphan Lost Place Established in 1846 at head of Nodaway Island 31 miles above St. Joseph on the Missouri River at the mouth of Nodaway River.
West Wichita Sedgwick Lost Town
Westella Marshall Lost Town 1883-1886 Was located seven miles north of Beattie.
Westfall Lincoln Extinct Town 1917-1971 Though there are no active businesses, there are several homes, some old business buildings, and a small population.
Westfield Decatur Lost Town
Westfield McPherson Lost Town
Westfield, Muncie Wyandotte Lost Town
Westhope Jewell Lost Town
Westminster Reno Lost Town 1873-1881
Westmoreland Pottawatomie County seat.
Westola Norton Lost Town Vacated 1895.
Weston Norton Name Change Name changed to Leota, 1876.
Westopolis Geary Lost Town Chartered 1858.
Westphalia Anderson Current Town
Westralia Montgomery Lost Town 1869-1870 Established by Captain J. C. Crawford and Eli Dennis and was named for the west trail upon which it was located. Early on, it outrivaled nearby Claymore and grew rapidly. It soon had a population of several hundred people and became a prosperous business point.
Westwood Johnson Current Town
Westwood Hills Johnson Current Town
Wetmore Nemaha Current Town
Wewoka Kiowa Lost Town Town company incorporated in 1857.
Wheatland Douglas Lost Town 1856
Wheatland McPherson Lost Town See Bachelor.
Wheatland Nemaha Paper Town A paper town located at the geographical center of the county.
Wheaton/Leghorn Pottawatomie Extinct Town 1870-1992 First called Leghorn, the name changed to Wheaton in October 1883. A very small town with many homes and several old business buildings.
Wheeler Cheyenne Ghost Town 1888-1988 The post office closed on February 1, 1988.
Whiskey Point, West Point, Riley City Geary Lost Town
White Church Wyandotte Lost Town 1869-1907
White City Morris Current Town
White Cloud Dickinson Lost Town
White Cloud Doniphan Semi-Ghost Town
White Cloud Steam Ferry Doniphan Lost Place On the Missouri River. Taylor & Moore, 1855- 62; O. Bailey, 1862-67; Bailey & Noyes, 1868-70; John H. Lynds, 1871-1912.
White Hair’s Village Labette Name Change The name changed to Little Town in 1865. Five miles south of Oswego.
White Mound Jewell Lost Town
White Post Montgomery Lost Town 1872-1874
White Rock Republic Lost Town Located in March 1871; abandoned in 1885.
White Rock Trego Lost Town
White Rose Cloud Lost Town
White’s Quarry Marshall Lost Town None White’s Quarry was located on a branch of Spring Creek. It was a stone quarry used by the railroad in the early 1870s but never had more than a few tents and a shack. It was located southwest of Home City.
Whitehall Cherokee Lost Town 1883-1887
Whitehead/Bellemont Doniphan Lost Town 1855-1866 Trading post in 1852. Incorporated by the Bogus Legislature in 1855. Named for trader James R. Whitehead. Changed to Bellemont in 1859 but later ceased to exist. The town was about two miles from Wathena.
Whitehead’s Ferry Doniphan Lost Place Established 1853 on the Missouri River at Whitehead, James R. Whitehead, proprietor.
Whitelaw Greeley Lost Town 1888-1890 Whitelaw was named after Whitelaw Reid, an editor at the New York Tribune and a close friend to Horace Greeley. Early on, the town had a grain elevator and a few houses.
Whiting Jackson Current Town
Whitewater Butler Name Change Located in 1858. Name changed to Ovo, 1882, now Whitewater.
Whitfield Graham Lost Town Formerly Graham.
Whitfield Shawnee Lost Town 1855-1856
1892-1899
Whitman Ford Lost Town 1885-1889
Whitman Sumner Lost Town 1890-1907 It was three and half miles north and one mile west of Oxford at 1600 E. 50th Ave North.
Wichita Sedgwick Current Town County seat.
Wichita County Wichita Current County NA Created from unorganized area in 1873. Leoti is the county seat.
Wichita Heights Sedgwick Lost Town 1888-1900
Wichita Indian Camp Sedgwick Lost Town On the site of Wichita.
Wiggam Lyon Lost Town None A station on the Atchison,Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad five miles east of Emporia.
Wilber Republic Lost Town
Wilburn Ford Lost Town 1885-1911 Wilburn was a country post office located 25 miles south of Dodge City.
Wilcox, Wilcox Roost Trego Lost Town 1879-1896 Wilcox was a small rural settlement located between WaKeeney and Ness City. Today, the only reminder of this small community is the historic Wilcox School.
Wild Cat Riley Lost Town
Wildcat Creek Crossing Riley Lost Place On the Fort Leavenworth-Fort Riley Military Road. The 1853 road crossed Wildcat Creek on a rock-bottom ford about two miles northwest of Manhattan.
Wild Horse Graham Lost Town 1879
Wild Horse Corral Greeley Historic Site NA In the early days, wild horses were grazing on the prairie and were often driven into this native stone cave and captured. It is located in northwest Greeley County.
Wild Range Ottawa Lost Town
Wild Rover/Garley/Garly Cloud Lost Town 1876-1881 The post office moved from Garly to Wild Rover on February 2, 1876. The name changed from Wild Rover to Garley on August 4, 1876. The post office closed on January 15, 1881.
Wilda Anderson Name Change Now Welda.
Wilder Johnson Lost Town 1878-1952 The town was located along Wilder Road in the western portion of Shawnee.
Wildwood Rice Lost Town
Wilkie Crawford Lost Town 1885-1886
Willard Shawnee Current Town 1887-1959 The post office was moved from Post Creek. This is still a small community with a population of 74 as of the 2020 census.
Williamsburg Franklin Current Town
Williamsport Pratt Vacated 1901.
Williamsport, Port Williams Atchison Lost Town Above Kickapoo.
Williamsport Shawnee Lost Town 1858-1860
1863-1870
Founded by citizens of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The post office moved to Wakarusa.
Williamsville Jefferson Name Change Now Williamstown.
Willis Brown Ghost Town 1882-1960 ghost town in Mission Township of Brown County. Though it showed much promise in its early days, it is a shell of its former self today.
Willow Creek Wallace Lost Town
Willow Springs Douglas Lost Town 1855-1900 A campsite on the Santa Fe Trail, it was a well-known watering stop. A post office called Davis was established in 1855; the name changed to Willow Springs in 1861.
Willow Springs Franklin Lost Town
Willow Springs Mitchell Name Change Now Beloit.
Willow Valley Greenwood Lost Town 1871-1887
Willowbrook Reno Current Town
Willowdale Dickinson Lost Town 1873
1875-1877
Wilmore Comanche Current Town
Wilroads Ford Lost Town 1909-1922
Wilsey Morris Current Town -1997 The post office closed on September 27, 1997.
Wilson/Wilson Creek Ellsworth Current Town The name changed from Wilson Creek to Wilson.
Wilson County Wilson Current County One of the original 36 counties, it was created in 1855. The county seat is Fredonia.
Wilson Creek Wilson Lost Town 1879-1880
Wilson’s Pottawatomie Name Change Now Louisville.
Wilson’s Springs Douglas Lost Town None Probably Willow Springs.
Wilson’s Trading Post/Salt Creek Leavenworth Lost Town 1863-1864 The post office was called Salt Creek.
Wilsonville Bourbon Lost Town 1875-1881 The post office moved to Bronson.
Wilsonville Cherokee Lost Town 1884-1885
Wilton Greenwood Lost Town
Wilton Phillips Lost Town
Winchester Jefferson Current Town
Windhorst Ford Lost Town 1898-1905 Windhorst was settled by a German Catholic group in 1895.
Windom McPherson Current Town
Winfield Cowley County seat.
Wingate Butler Lost Town 1886-1889 The post office moved from Tolle. It was in Union Township.
Winifred Marshall Extinct Town -1986 The post office closed on January 1, 1986.
Winkler/Winkler’s Mills Riley Lost Town 1874-1895
1895-1960
The name changed from Winkler’s Mills to Winkler in 1895. Under Tuttle  Creek Reservoir.
Winnesheik McPherson Lost Town
Winona Doniphan Lost Town 1857-1859 Philo Foster, postmaster. Located about one mile east of Doniphan/Brown County. Once had a schoolhouse.
Winona Logan Lost Town
Winsor Cowley Lost Town
Winsor Ottawa Lost Town
Winston Ellsworth Lost Town 1883-1887 Moved from Bradley Springs in 1883.
Wirtonia Cherokee Lost Town Vacated 1870.
Winterset/Big Creek Russell Lost Town 1878-1890 The name changed from Big Creek to Winterset on June 23, 1880.
Wise Allen Lost Town 1882-1902
Wittmund Rush Lost Town 1882-1883
Woburn Jackson Lost Town
Wolf River/Ridge Farm Doniphan Lost Town 1864-1866 The post office moved from Normanville, and the name was changed to Wolf River in 1865
Wolf River Crossing Doniphan Lost Place NA The crossing of the Wolf River was on the St. Joseph and California road. It was in the southeast corner of the county. The Sac & Fox Indians operated a toll bridge from 1849 to 1853. A trading post called Iola was located on the west side in about 1856. It was described by one man in 1850 as “little more than a collection of logs in a ravine.”
Wonsevu Chase Lost Town 1875-1907 Wonsevu was a country post office in Cottonwood Township. In 1910, there were two general stores and a population of 57. It was located on Cedar Creek, 20 miles southwest of Cottonwood Falls.
Woodberry Reno Lost Town 1878-1887
Woodbine Dickinson Current Town
Woodey Lincoln Lost Town 1874-1888
Woodhull  Chase Lost Town 1872-1882 Woodhull was a country post office on the east bank of Diamond Creek in Diamond Creek Township. It was about seven miles north of Elmdale. The town was supposedly named for Mrs. Victoria Woodhull, a noted woman suffragist who had lectured in Kansas.
Woodland Bourbon Lost Town 1887-1901 It was four miles southwest of Fort Scott. The first postmaster was E. Parsons.
Woodlawn Nemaha Lost Town 1881-1906 During the summer of 1881, W. L. Challis selected a fine, natural site, in Capioma Township.
Woodlief Franklin Lost Town 1898-1901
Woodsdale Stevens Lost Town Located June 6, 1887, abandoned in 1893; named in honor of S.N. Wood, who was the chief founder. This site is to be used on the Colmor cut-off of the Santa Fe Trail.
Woodson Marshall or Nemaha Lost Town Incorporated 1857. Located on the Vermillion branch of the Big Blue River.
Woodson County Woodson Current County NA One of the original 36 counties, it was created in 1855. Yates Center is the county seat.
Woodstock Jefferson Lost Town 1871-1873
1874-1891
Woodstock was the location of the second post office in Sarcoxie Township.
Woodston Rooks Current Town
Woodvile Russell Lost Town 1878-1892
Woodward’s Ferry Saline Lost Place NA Operated 1864-67 at the mouth of Saline River; James J. Woodward, proprietor.
Wolcott /Connor/Connor’s Station Wyandotte Lost Town 1867-1944  First called Connor’s Station. The name changed to Connor in 1889. The name changed again in 1899 to Wolcott.
Worden Douglas Lost Town 1884-1904 Also spelled  Warden, this was a hamlet in the south-central part of the county about seven miles west of Baldwin City. In 1910 the population was 26.
Worth Butler Lost Town 1886-1887 In Fairmont Township. The post office moved to Elbing.
Wray’s Allen Lost Town Voting precinct, 1858.
Wright Ford Current Town
Wyandotte/Kansas City Wyandotte Current Town Name changed to Kansas City, Kansas in 1886.
Wyandotte County Wyandotte Current County NA Formed from Leavenworth and Johnson Counties in 1859. Kansas City is the county seat.
Wyckoff Lyon Lost Town 1885-1902
Wyckoff Russell Lost Town 1878-1883
Wymer Leavenworth Lost Town 1880 The post office was only open for two months.
Wyola Lyon Lost Town Incorporated 1857
Wyoming Marshall Lost Town 1862-1901 Located in the extreme southeastern part of the county, 24 miles from Marysville, the population in 1910 was 27.
Wyoming Shawnee Lost Town On the Fort Leavenworth-Fort Riley Military Road near Meridan.
Wyoming Crossing Marshall Lost Place NA Crossing of Irish Creek on the Parallel Road near Vermillion. Probably the Gilliam Company campsite, June 4, 1844.
Wyoming Valley Clay Lost Town

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