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  • Collection: Lost Kansas Communities

Moonlight - Caldwell.jpg
Moonlight, located in Hayes Township, Dickinson County, Kansas, was founded by members of the Brethren in Christ Church migrating from Pennsylvania. It thrived temporarily, for about forty years, but dried up as business moved to larger towns and…

Minersville, Cloud County.jpg
This study examines the town of Minersville in Sibley Township, Cloud County, Kansas. It lasted from 1870 to 1945. I used maps, newspaper articles and fieldwork.

Kincaid, Anderson County.jpg
Kincaid, in Rich Township, Anderson County, Kansas had less than 200 people as of the 2010 U.S. Census. Once a year this number does a 100-fold increase because of the town’s annual “World’s Fair.”

Eureka Lake, Riley County.jpg
This paper examines the history of Eureka Lake, a short lived resort southwest of Manhattan, Kansas.

Elsinore, Allen County.jpg
This paper shares the history and stories of those in the town of Elsmore, in Elsinore Township, Allen County, Kansas. The town was founded in 1866, and is still occupied today. In this paper, I used newspapers, field work, census data and Kansas…

Waco, Sedgwick County.jpg
This study examines the town of Waco, in Salem Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas. It was classified as a town between the dates of 1870 and 1905, but it continues to survive as a community to this day. The town declined due to restricted access to…

Toronto, Woodson County.jpg
This study examines the town of Toronto, in Toronto Township, Woodson County, Kansas. The town was founded in 1869, and because of its location, it was at a disadvantage in terms of growth when compared to towns surrounding it. The town’s population…

Rayville, Norton County.jpg
This study examines the town of Rayville in Almena Township, Norton County, Kansas. It lasted from 1885 to 1902. By networking with surrounding communities and research at Norton Historic Society I could find more about this small community than I…

Clonmel, Sedgwick County.jpg
This study examines the town of Clonmel, in Illinois Township, Sedgwick County, Kansas. It lasted from 1871 to 1938. When the railway left accompanied by the rise of the automobile, Clonmel lost residents, but the bond of St. John’s Catholic Church…

The District 27 class of 1938. Source: Wabaunsee County Historical Society
Bradford, located in Section 23 of Wilmington Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, was a small community that tells a unique story of racial coexistence and rural population decline. Black and white residents both called the area home and coexisted in…
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