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Little Known or "Extinct Towns", ca. 1940

(The "Kansas Dead Town List")

compiled by Mary Emma Milner Montgomery

A project of the Kansas Historical Society to identify and document extinct and declining communities, this compilation includes information about over 5000 Kansas places, ranging from long-vanished ghost towns to still-thriving but little-known smaller communities in the state. The amount of information varies but may include the legal location, alternate spellings of the name, the dates of post office operation and the name of the first postmaster (if there was a post office) and a listing of further sources of information about the town's history.

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This searchable database/index includes the town's name(s), the present-day county in which the townsite is located, and sometimes brief notes. The originals and a printed version are available at the Kansas Historical Society; a microfilm version is available for interlibrary loan.

  • Reel MS 1165, Abbey Farm to Cess
  • Reel MS 1166, Chaffee to French Valley
  • Reel MS 1167, Friendlay to Limestone
  • Reel MS 1168, Lincoln to Pawneapolis
  • Reel MS 1169, Pawnee to Stella
  • Reel MS 1170, Stephen to Zyba

For more information, see the finding aid to the collection.

This searchable index was prepared by volunteer Melvin D. Bruntzel.