Franklin County, Kansas Extinct Towns

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe engine, coal car and caboose steaming over double arch style railroad bridge between Wellsville and LeLoup, 1910.

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe engine, coal car and caboose steaming over double arch style railroad bridge between Wellsville and LeLoup, 1910.

Le Loup/Ferguson

Peoria

Ransomville

Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
Berea 1863-1870
Bowling Green 1855-1857
Centropolis 1858-1859
1863
1865-1930
It still has several buildings, including an active church.
Coburn 1900-1902 In the northwestern part of the county, it was ten miles west of Norwood, the nearest railroad station.
Dennison 1865-1868
Emerald None First settled in 1857
Forest Home 1867-1877 The post office moved to Homewood.
Garlington 1886-1898 The post office moved to Pleasanthill.
Greenwood/Sac & Fox Agency 1855-1872 Name change from Sac & Fox Agency to Greenwood on February 27, 1861.
Hackett 1900-1903 In the northern part of the county, it was located in the valley of Eight Mile Creek, about six miles northwest of Ottawa.
Hickory Creek 1859-1860
Homewood 1877-1955 The post office moved from Forest Home.
Imes/Larimore 1877-1917 The name changed from Larimore to Imes on May 23, 1887. Named for Harmon Imes, the postmaster.
Le Loup/Ferguson 1870-1954 In the northeastern part of the county, it started as a station on the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Fort Gibson Railroad in 1870. The name was changed from Ferguson to Le Loup on May 8, 1879. There are still a few homes in the area.
McCandless 1900-1901
Minneola/Saint Bernard 1855-1865 The name changed from Saint Bernard on November 26, 1858. The post office moved to Centropolis when it closed.
Norwood 1868-1872
1874-1914
Ohio City 1857-1870  Located on the Humboldt Trail, it became the county seat of Franklin County for a short time. The post office moved to Princeton when it closed.
Ottawa Creek 1856-1864 The post office moved to Ottawa.
Pansy 1898-1902
Peoria 1857-1934 It was six miles east of Ottawa. The old Briles one-room school remains.
Pleasanthill 1898-1902 The post office moved from Garlington.
Ransomville 1881-1915 Was a coal mining camp located in the southwestern part of the county.
Richter 1890-1907
Sac Branch 1861-1863
Shermansville, Sherman’s, Dutch Henry’s Crossing 1855-1863 The post office moved to Lane.
Woodlief 1898-1901

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Also See:

Franklin County

Franklin County Photo Gallery

Kansas Coal Mining

Kansas Destinations

Sources:

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.
Kansas Post Office History