Mount Pleasant, Kansas

 

The site of Mount Pleasant, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

The site of Mount Pleasant, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Mount Pleasant, Kansas is an extinct town in Atchison County, Kansas.

The first settler in the area was a man named Thomas L. Fortune in 1854, who opened a general store. Other early settlers of the Mount Pleasant Township included Michael Wilkins and James Laird, who settled in August 1854, followed by others such as Jacob Grindstaff, Martin Jones, Levi Bowles, Andrew J. Peebler, Christopher Horn, P. R. King, W. C. Findley, A. S. Speck and Amos Hamon. In March 1855, a post office was established in Fortune’s store and the owner became the first postmaster.

In 1857 a town company was formed and the site was surveyed by John P. Wheeler. In 1858 the first school opened in the fall and two years later, the Presbyterians built the first church In 1860. In May 1862 the Church of Christ was organized, meeting in the schoolhouse. In its early years, Mount Pleasant became a commercial center for the area, owing largely to the overland freighting outfits that passed through there on their way to Denver and the Pacific coast.

However, the town didn’t grow as much as its supporters had hoped, as, in August 1862, the post office was moved to Locust Grove. It was re-established in Mount Pleasant in May 1864 but was moved again, this time to Potter, in February 1888. The townspeople did without a post office for only two months however, as another one was established for a third and final time in June of the same year.

St. Patrick Catholic Church in Atchison County, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

St. Patrick Catholic Church in Atchison County, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

The post office closed for the last time in February 1900. Today, there is nothing left of the town and it would be difficult to find the site, but, for an old sign, that marks the spot in the middle of a rolling field. The town was located north of present-day Potter, Kansas.

Although, not in the town of Mount Pleasant, a Catholic Church was organized northeast of Mount Pleasant in 1857 by a number of Catholic settlers. It was one of the first parishes established by the Benedictine Fathers at Atchison. At first, services were held in the humble log cabins of the Catholic settlers until a small church was built native timber. Father Augustine Wirth attended to the spiritual demands of the early Catholic settlers. However, the first wooden building was later destroyed by strong winds. In 1866, they built a new more substantial edifice of stone that still stands today. The beautiful St. Patrick Catholic Church on the top of a hill that overlooked the gently rolling prairie, still provides services to parishioners today. Next to the church is an old cemetery.

St Patrick Cemetery by Kathy Weiser-Alexander

St Patrick Cemetery by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

It is located in the southeastern part of Atchison County about 10 miles south of Atchison on Highway 7 and one mile west on a county road. In the winter, when the trees are bare the church steeple can be seen for miles.

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

Haunted Atchison – The Most Ghostly Town in Kansas

Kansas History

Sources:

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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