Farmington, Kansas

Vintage aerial view of Farmington, Kansas.

Vintage aerial view of Farmington, Kansas.

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Reverend Pardee Butler

Reverend Pardee Butler

Located on the Central Branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, in Atchison County, Kansas, Farmington got its start as a station on the railroad. It is said that railroad men established the town in revenge against nearby Monrovia.

A school was built in 1863 and a church was organized by Pardee Butler in October 1867, with services held in the school building. The town gained a post office in November 1868. The town was named for the many area farmers. Though it was never officially incorporated it was a thriving rural town. Farmington was finally platted in April 1872.

By the 1880s, Farmington consisted of just a few families and continued to have a school, in which church services were held. In 1897, an official church was built that continues to stand today.

The 1897 Christian Church in Farmington, Kansas still stands today. Photo courtesy Courthouse Lover/Flckr

The 1897 Christian Church in Farmington, Kansas still stands today. Photo courtesy Courthouse Lover/Flickr

In 1910, Farmington boasted a general store, a blacksmith, telegraph and express facilities, and 46 people. The Farmington District 26 School was built in 1925, but at some point, it closed, as it is abandoned today.

Over the next years, the primarily agricultural community began to decline and its post office closed in May 1940. Today, the small community still displays a number of homes and its historic Christian Church.

Farmington is located about 12 miles southwest of Atchison.

Compiled and edited by Kathy Weiser/Legends of Kansas, updated June 2020.

Also See:

Atchison County, Kansas

Atchison County Photo Gallery

Extinct Towns of Atchison County

Abandoned 1925 school in Farmington, Kansas courtesy Tom McLaughlin/Flickr.

Abandoned 1925 school in Farmington, Kansas courtesy Tom McLaughlin/Flickr.

Kansas History

Sources:

Blackmar, Frank W.; Kansas Cyclopedia, Standard Publishing, 1912
Cutler, William G.; History of the State of Kansas, A. T. Andreas, 1883
Ingalls, Sheffield, History of Atchison County, Kansas, Standard Publishing Company, 1916
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