Zionville, Kansas

Zionville, Kansas

Zionville, Kansas, 1897.

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Zionville Sentinial

Zionville Sentinel

Located south of Ulysses, Kansas in Grant County the settlement of Zionville was established in Hamilton County before Grant County was created.

The first settler, M.M. Wilson, established the town on Christmas Day in 1885 and built the first businesses Рa general store that became the center of activity. Mr. Wilson also allowed school and church services to be held in his home. A post office was established on August 18, 1886 and other businesses were soon established including a livery stable, the Elwood Hotel, a restaurant, and a newspaper called the Zionville Sentinel.

The town of Zionville was advertising for merchants and craftsmen.

The town of Zionville was advertising for merchants and craftsmen.

The post office closed in 1901 but reopened in April 1903, only to be closed again on February 28, 1905. Afterward, the townsite became part of the Wilson Ranch.

All that’s left today is the tiny Zionville Cemetery. The site of the old town is located about 10 miles south of Ulysses, on the Virgil Mawhirter farm near the old site of Wagon Bed Spring.

Compiled by Kathy Weiser/Legends of Kansas, updated August 2020.

Also See:

Grant County History and Information

Grant County Photo Gallery

Ulysses – Born Twice and Still Kickin!

Wagon Bed Spring on the Santa Fe Trail

Zionville Cemetery in Grant County, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Zionville Cemetery in Grant County, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

An old home near Zionville has long been abandoned, Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

An old home near Zionville has long been abandoned, Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

 

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