Ford County, Kansas Extinct Towns

A dusty road in Ford County, Kansas in the 1930s.

A dusty road in Ford County, Kansas, in the 1930s.

Ford County Map by L.H. Everts & Co., 1887.

Ford County Map by L.H. Everts & Co., 1887.


Fort Atkinson

Fort Mann





Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
Bellefont 1878-1896
Planners of Bellefont hoped it would be a railhead and an important junction for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. However, that didn’t happen. Today, there are but a few farms and a grain elevator.
Corbitt or Corbett 1885-1887 Located on the Cannonball Stage Route from Wichita, Corbitt was located just two miles north of Bucklin. Only 3-4 homes were built there when the railroad went to Bucklin.
Crooked Creek 1870-1886
Eugene 1886-1887
Fonda 1885-1890 Fonda, located north of Corbitt, was a proposed station on the Wichita and Dodge City Railroad. Vacated 1895.
Fort Atkinson 1851-1853 Established in 1850, abandoned in 1854. Six miles west of Dodge City on the Santa Fe Trail.
Fort Mann 1845 Fort Mann was located on the Santa Fe Trail just a few miles west of present-day Dodge CityKansas.
Hazelwood 1878-1879
Howell/Morris 1895-1897
Known initially as Morrison Station, the town was yet another railroad stop. The boom years were in the 1880s and early 1890s, when the population reached 150 people. All that is left today is a grain elevator and a county rural fire station.
Lasker 1886-1887 A short-lived Jewish community that hoped to establish a utopian town.
Manila 1898-1899
Morrison 1886-1888
Newkirk/Colcord 1887-1888 The town name changed from Colcord to Newkirk in 1887. The post office moved to Kingsdown in 1888.
Noland or Nolan 1887-1893 Started around 1882 as a country store and later gained a post office.
Reinert 1908-1917 Reinert was a country post office located 15 miles southwest of Dodge City.
Ricka 1885-1886
Sawlog Crossing None Located on the Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Military Road, this crossing of Sawlog Creek was in northern Ford County. It was 13 miles south of Buckner Creek. It was initially identified as the South Branch of the Pawnee and named Schaff’s Branch in honor of Lieutenant John Schaff, who was then stationed at Fort Atkinson. The creek’s name was later changed to Sawlog because of the vast timber that lined its banks and furnished Forts Mann, Atkinson, and Dodge with wood for fuel and construction. It was the site of a trading ranch owned by a man named Boyd in 1868.
Sears None Sears never had more than a telegraph station and a rural schoolhouse.
Sidlow 1885-1886
Snyder 1886-1899
Sodville None
Sunshine 1885-1886
Whitman 1885-1889
Wilburn 1885-1911 Wilburn was a country post office on the Jones and Plummer Trail in Ford Township.
Wilroads 1909-1922
Windhorst 1898-1905 Windhorst was settled by a German Catholic group in 1895. Though the town did not survive, its beautiful Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church still stands.
Ford County, Kansas Map 1899

Ford County, Kansas Map 1899

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, updated December 2023.

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Blackmar, Frank W.; Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Vol I; Standard Publishing Company, Chicago, IL 1912.
Kansas Post Office History