Grant County, Kansas Extinct Towns

Rural Grant County, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Rural Grant County, Kansas, by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.


Grant County, Kansas Map, 1899.

Grant County, Kansas Map, 1899.




Old Ulysses



More Extinct Towns (See Below)


In Grant County’s early years, the county sported more than a dozen towns. Today, there are but three left — Ulysses, Hickok, and Ryus, though the latter two are incorporated and very small.

More Extinct Towns:

Town Post Office Dates Additional Information
Athy 1916-1925
Conductor None Located 1893. Also called Conductor City, the town was located southeast of Ulysses, right up against the county line.
Doby 1908-1916 Doby was located on the south fork of the Cimarron River, about four miles above its mouth and 15 miles southeast of Ulysses.
Gognac 1886-1926 A post office was first established in Hamilton County in 1886 before Grant County was created. It was later in Stanton County before moving to Grant County. The post office was in a general store, and only one other business existed. It was located near the west line of the county about nine miles southwest of Ulysses on S36-T28S-R39W.
Liverpool 1888-1898
The post office was initially established in Stanton County. It closed in 1898 and moved to Grant County. The Post office reopened In January 1899 but closed forever in May 1903.
Spurgeon 1887-1891 The tiny town of Spurgeon only had a population of 15. It was located on located northeast of Ulysses on S28-T27-R35.
Surprise 1886-1887 Established in Hamilton County. It was platted in 1885. The post office moved to Tilden in 1887.
Tilden 1887-1890 The post office moved from Surprise. Name change to Appomattox.
Warrendale 1891-1901
A country post office located 15 miles northeast of Ulysses.
Waterford None Located in southeast Grant County on the border with Stevens County near the Cimarron River, this Irish settlement was established in 1886. It never had a post office. Located on S33-T30S-R35W.
Athy, Kansas Post Office

Athy, Kansas Post Office

Compiled by Kathy Weiser-Alexander/Legends of Kansas, updated December 2023.

Also See:

Grant County History and Information

Grant County Photo Gallery

Santa Fe Trail Thru Kansas

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