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Clay County

This page contains all of our studies of communities located in Clay County (in alphabetical order).

Broughton, Clay County

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At the latest estimate, Kansas may have nearly 9,000 vanished, named communities. These places had many faces: small crossroads villages; depot mail…

Fancy Creek, Clay County

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Fancy Creek was not a town at all, but a loose collection of settler homesteads in a township originally named Goshen. Goshen Township was first…

Five Creeks, Clay County

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By definition, a township is a geographic division of six square miles that acts as a subdivision of a county. A township does not actually have to…

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…

Hillside, Clay County

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In 1868, Hillside Schoolhouse was built to withstand time. It had thick, limestone walls and was built on a hill, hence the name. Most Hillside…

Idana, Clay County

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Idana is a small community with a large heart for its church and people. In 1887, the Idana Presbyterian Church began and has remained strong ever…

Iwacura, Clay County

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Before the advent of the automobile, Iwacura arose out of necessity to disperse mail and save souls. James Henry Geist established a post office and…

Longford, Clay County

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This is a study of the currently viable small town of Longford, Kansas, in Clay County. It traces the history of the town from its founding as a…

Madura, Clay County

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The story of one missionary’s journey around the world, eventually ending in Kansas and the founding of a town, incorporates biographies, census…

Mulberry, Clay County

Mulberry, Kansas

Mulberry was once a Clay County township with thriving stores, hotels, and other businesses, a place where settlers could come with new ideas and…

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…

Sherman, Clay County

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Playing a major role in the railroad industry throughout the middle portion of the country, Sherman was a community inhabited by a wide range of…

Swedesburg, Clay County

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Swedish immigrants established the first homestead in what became Garfield Township in 1868. Churches provided the foundation of the Swedesburg…