Newman, Kansas is an extinct town in Kentucky Township of Jefferson County.
A station on the Kansas Pacific Railroad, the town was laid out in 1867 by H. L. Newman, who with A.A. Haston, opened a store that year. A post office was established with A. A. Haston postmaster on August 26, 1868. That year, a Catholic Church was built.
In the early 1880s, Haston was the sole proprietor of the store and also served as a railroad agent. In 1882 a large two-story schoolhouse was erected and the population of the village was 12.
In 1910, Newman had express and telegraph offices, a money order office, and a population of 60.
The post office closed on May 30, 1969.
Today, this tiny unincorporated community still has a scattering of homes and the railroad still runs through town. It is located 13 miles southwest of Oskaloosa and 11 miles east of Topeka off of U.S. Route 24.
©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, May 2022.
Jefferson County Extinct Towns
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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.