The Kansas Lost Town Project, a research initiative of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, is a digital archive of rural town and site studies conducted by undergraduate researchers at Kansas State University since 2010. Students working in selected research based classes may submit their town study for inclusion in the archive. Submissions are edited for accuracy and original content before being published to this site.  We encourage you to MAKE YOUR OWN CONTRIBUTION TO THE SITE by telling us your small Kansas town memories. You can use the Contact Us tab to share a story, photo, or video from your personal collection that you would like to contribute. All contributions are subject to editing and verification by Center Staff.  Planning for this project was supported by a grant from Mark Chapman and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Ludell, Rawlins County

This study of Ludell, Kansas and the lack of name continuity in Rawlins County includes a map analysis, a printed memoir-history by a resident,…see more

Chelsea, Butler County

Chelsea was located in chelsea Township of Butler County from 1857-1978. This study includes early maps of the county, information provided by the…see more

Stanley, Johnson County

The following paper is a history of the town of Stanley, Oxford Township, Johnson County, Kansas. Stanley was an unincorporated community that was…see more

Lillis, Blaine, and Holy Cross, Marshall and Pottawatomie Counties

This study of an Irish settlement area that included parts of two counties is based on fieldwork, photographs, original church sources, and an…see more