Ryus, Kansas

Ryus, Kansas courtesy Google Maps.

Ryus, Kansas courtesy Google Maps.


Ryus, Kansas is a very small unincorporated town in Grant County.

Situated on the original Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, the town probably got its start as a railroad stop in the early 1920s. Later, the United Carbon Company built a carbon plant southeast of Ryus. At one time, it was the world’s largest carbon black production plant. This brought more people to the area and the children attended schools in Satanta, Kansas, located about seven miles to the southeast.

Columbia Carbonblack plant near Ryus, Kansas.

Columbia Carbon Black plant near Ryus, Kansas.

When the plant closed in 1960 many of the families bought the company-provided houses and moved them into Satanta, resulting in the first major addition to that town.

Ryus never had a post office. Today, Ryus is little more than a scattering of homes and grain elevators. It is located about 14 miles southeast of Ulysses at the intersection of the Cimarron Valley Railroad and Kansas Highway 190.

The old carbonblack plant near Ryus, Kansas.

The old carbon black plant near Ryus, Kansas.

A Santa Fe Trail marker, established by the Daughters of the American Revolution, lies midway between Ryus and Hickok. it is located south of U.S. Highway 160, about 1.9 miles on the west side of Road V.

© Kathy Weiser-Alexander/Legends of Kansas, updated August 2020.

Also See:

Grant County, Kansas

Grant County Photo Gallery

Santa Fe Trail Through Kansas

Santa Fe Trail Photo Gallery