Howell, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Howell, Kansas.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Depot in Howell, Kansas.

Howell, Kansas, is an extinct town in Ford County.

Known initially as Morrison Station, the town was yet another railroad stop. It gained its first post office, called Morris, on June 2, 1886. However, it closed two years later, on October 31, 1888.

The boom years for this town were in the 1880s and early 1890s, when the population reached 150 people. A post office called Howell opened on November 26, 1895, but it was short-lived and closed on April 30, 1897. However, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad built a depot that year. The post office was reestablished on August 10, 1909. It closed too on March 6, 1916, when rural mail service began in Ford County.

The village has all but disappeared except for the grain elevator and county rural fire station. However, some of the best-preserved Santa Fe Trail ruts can be found across US Highway 50 and west of the elevator. The site also includes interpretive storyboards. The site is nine miles west of Dodge City on US Highway 50.

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

Also See:

Ford County, Kansas

Ford County Photo Galleries

Ford County Extinct Towns

Santa Fe Trail in Kansas