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.
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.