Ghost Towns & Near Ghosts of Kansas

Harlan/Thompson (Smith County) Post Office 1873-1995 – A small population remains as well as the ruins of Main Street and a high school gymnasium. Harlan was home to Gould College which lasted from 1881 until 1891. The settlement was first named Thompson but was changed to Harlan in 1877.

Havana (Osage County) Post Office 1858-Early 1870s – Ruins of the Havana Stage Station and hotel remain and a sign has been posted on the site. Not to be confused with Havana in Montgomery County.

Hawkeye (Decatur County) Post Office 1879-1896 – Little remains of the townsite.

Hewins (Chautauqua County) Post Office 1887-1966 – A small population remains.

Hitschmann (Barton County) Post Office NA – Some old buildings still remain. All of Hitschmann is currently on private property.

Holland (Dickinson County) Post Office 1872-1875 & 1884-1906 – A church, now used as a town hall, and a few houses, is all that remains.

Hopewell/Fravel (Pratt County) Post Office 1904-1908 & 1916-1973 – A small population (approx. 10) remains. Name changed to Fravel in 1916, but changed back to Hopewell in 1921.

Hunnewell (Sumner County) Post Office 1880-1960 – 2019 estimated population of 65.

Old building in Huron, Kansas by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Huron (Atchison County) Post Office 1882-1992 – Several remaining homes and buildings. 2010 population of 54. Located about 17 miles northwest of Atchison on U.S. Highway 73.

Hunter (Mitchell County) Post Office 1895-present – Semi-ghost town with a population of 57. It still retains its post office and just a few businesses.

Industry (Dickinson & Clay County) Post Office 1876-1906 -A small population (approx. 20) remains.

Iowa Point (Doniphan County) Post Office 1854-1933 – Small population near K-7.

Irving (Marshall County) Post Office 1859-1960 – Located on Corps land and is easily accessible. Abandoned for the construction of Tuttle Creek Lake.

Jerome (Gove County) Post Office 1886-1943 – Little remains of the townsite.

Kanona (Decatur County) Post Office 1887-1955 – Some ruins and abandoned buildings remain. The site of Kanona is currently on private property.

Kansapolis/Rochester (Shawnee County) Post Office 1854-late 1850s/early 1860s – Nothing remains of the townsite, only Rochester Cemetery and Rochester Road in North Topeka mark the site.

Kendall/Zamora (Hamilton County) Post Office 1879-present – A small population of approximately 50 people remains. Originally called Zamora when a post office opened in 1879. Was changed to Kendall in 1885.

Kickapoo City (Leavenworth County) Post Office 1854-1920 – A small population remains in the area.

Kingsdown Main Street

Kingsdown (Ford County) Post Office 1888-1891, 1892-1893 & 1904-1998 – Several remaining homes & buildings. A small population remains in the area.

Kipp (Saline County) Post Office 1890-1957 – A small population remains.

Lake City (Barber County) Post Office 1873-1993 – A small population (approx. 30) remains. The United Methodist Church is open.

Latimer (Morris County) Post Office 1887-1961 – A small population of about 20 people. The Lutheran Church remains open.

LeHunt (Montgomery County) Post Office 1905-Early 1930s – Some ruins remain east of the Elk City Lake. The town was fairly bustling thanks to a central cement factory in the center of town being the biggest employer. During the Great Depression, cement sales dropped significantly and went out of business, so the town died.

Lerado (Reno County) Post Office 1886-1887 – An old schoolhouse, church, and abandoned grocery store remain but most of Lerado is now farmland.

Lexington (Clark County) Post Office 1885-1900 – Nothing remains of the townsite except a community building.

Lone Elm (Anderson County) Post Office 1879-1956 – 2008 estimated population of 26.

Lone Star (Douglas County) Post Office 1899-1953 – A small population remains just south of  Clinton Lake near Lone Star Lake.  A community existed in the area before Lone Star was organized. A post office was formed in 1875 under Bond, then Gideon. The name Lone Star was chosen in the 1890s.

Long Island (Phillips County) Post Office 1872-present – 2008 estimated population of 140.

Louisville (Pottawatomie County) Post Office 1867-present – 2008 estimated population of 207.

Ludell (Rawlins County) Post Office 1881-present – A small resident population remains along with some ruins and abandoned buildings.

Lyona (Dickinson County) Post Office 1869-1888 – Nothing remains of the townsite except for a church & the old Lyona School built in 1870.

Marietta (Marshall County) Post Office 1890-1959 – A small population and a few buildings remain.

McAllaster ( Logan County) Post Office 1887-1897, 1903-1903 & 1906-1953 – A small population exists and several buildings remain.

Medora (Reno County) Post Office 1887-1988 – Little remains of the townsite, a small population remains.

Midian (Butler County) Post Office 1916-1950 – Townsite is now on private property.

Mildred (Allen County) Post Office 1907-1973 – 2008 estimated population of 58.

Millbrook (Graham County) Post Office 1878-1889 – The ruins of a schoolhouse remain in the area.

Miller (Lyon County) Post Office 1887-1905 & 1912-1958 – A small population and some abandoned businesses remain in the area.

Minersville (Cloud County) Post Office 1877-1899 – Some houses and foundations remain along with a cemetery.

Monmouth (Crawford County) Post Office 1857-1955 – Very little remains of the townsite.

Monticello (Johnson County) Post Office 1857-1905 – The old schoolhouse, cemetery, and a few houses from the 1940s remain south of Shawnee Mission Parkway in west Shawnee and Lenexa.

Morton City (Hodgeman County) Post Office 1877-1880s – Some ruins of old stone houses remain. The townsite is now a part of the Hanna Hereford Ranch.

Muscotah, Ks

Muscotah (Atchison County) Post Office 1861-present – Like other small Kansas towns, Muscotah declined over the next century. Though it still maintains a post office and about 200 people, the village is filled with abandoned buildings. It is located about 26 miles west of Atchison on U.S. Highway 159.

Nekoma (Rush County) Post Office 1960-present

Neosho Falls (Woodson County) Post Office  1857-present – 2008 estimated population of 159

Neuchatel (Nemaha County) Post Office 1864-1901 – The cemetery, church, town hall, and schoolhouse have all been restored and well-kept.

Newbury (Wabaunsee County) Post Office 1870-1888 – A small population and a huge Catholic church remain three miles north of Paxico.

Nicodemus (Graham County) Post Office 1877-1918 & 1920-1953 – See full article about this black pioneer town here.

1 thought on “Ghost Towns & Near Ghosts of Kansas”

  1. Can I get a list of ghost towns that still have old abandoned churches that I could go look at? My husband and I want to take pictures at one. Any suggestions and addresses?

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