Oakwood, Kansas

Oakwood Cemetery near Centerville, Kansas.

Oakwood Cemetery near Centerville, Kansas.

Once situated in the western portion of Linn County, about ten miles northwest of Mound City, Oakwood, Kansas, is now an extinct town.

Oakwood’s post office was established on September 20, 1858, with John Jones as the first Postmaster. The post office was frequently moved from one farmhouse to another until 1878 when a grange store was started under the management of W. B. Scott, and the post office was permanently moved there. In the early 1880s, the town also supported a drug store, blacksmith shop, and physician’s office.

Servicing the trains along the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad for a time, it had begun to decline by the turn of the century. Its post office closed on January 31, 1905, when it received its mail from Centerville. In 1910, the population was 40. The Oakwood Cemetery still exists, and it is now listed as being in Centerville.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of Kansas, April 2024

Also See:

Extinct Towns of Linn County

Kansas Ghost Towns

Linn County, Kansas

Linn County Photo Gallery