Fanning, Kansas, was a small town in Iowa Township in Doniphan County. It is extinct today.
The community was started by Jesse Reed and James Bradley in 1870. That year, the Atchison & Nebraska Railway came through and built a station and the first blacksmith shop was put in operation. A post office was established on December 14, with James Bradley serving as postmaster.
A grist mill was built in 1872 by William Hedrick, and a large Catholic Church was erected in 1879. In the early 1880s, the town has a population of between 40 and 50.
In 1910, the community was situated on the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad. At that time it had a money order post office and a population of 54.
In the next years, Fanning didn’t grow, and the post office closed on July 1, 1933.
It was located about seven miles northwest of Troy.
©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, July 2022.
Blackmar, Frank W.; Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Vol I; Standard Publishing Company, Chicago, IL 1912.
Cutler, William G; History of Kansas; A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883.