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  • Collection: Lost Kansas Communities

Winchester, Jefferson County

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Today, the town of Winchester in Jefferson County, Kansas is small and quiet. But beneath this exterior lies a history rooted deeply in family stories, connections with the railroad and a famous native son.

Eminence, Finney County

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This brief history of Eminence, Kansas chronicles the story of a rural town that went from its founding, to becoming county seat, and then ceasing to exist in under a decade. Located in now defunct Garfield County, Eminence was flourishing on the…

Colony, Anderson County

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Originally called Divide, the town of Colony began as a tavern and later a depot on the Leavenworth, Lawrence, and Galveston railroad. In the early twentieth century, it was known as the "Hay Capital of the World."

Leonardville and Riley, Riley County

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Two towns located five miles apart make for instant rivals. Located in Riley County, the towns of Leonardville and Riley competed to establish a post office and attract the attention of a railroad. Leonardville won the first battle and boomed while…

Gatesville-Siding, Clay County

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Gatesville was named for Lorenzo Gates, who settled on Mall Creek in the fall of 1857. There was a school, a post office, and a railroad, but no town was ever established, even though it was an essential hub for livestock shipping.

Oakhill, Clay County

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Oakhill, Kansas, located in Oakland Township in southwest Clay County, may appear to be just another Kansas town. However, the history of this little place paints a unique picture that is unlike other vanishing communities in Kansas. Many Kansas…

Magic, Riley County

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The lost community of Magic, located in Riley County, Kansas, was settled by immigrants from Germany in a process of chain migration. The community’s population steadily began to decline in the 1930s and was eventually consumed by the expansion of…

Laclede, Pottawatomie County

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This study describes the unique evolution of the small community of Laclede in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. Laclede transformed from a failed town to a preserved historical community owned by a single family. The study includes a personal…