Lost Kansas Communities


A collection of undergraduate research dedicated to the lost communities and towns of rural Kansas throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Towns rose and fell at the whim of railroads, highways, churches, schoolhouses, and small businesses. The stories collected here are of the heart and soul of Kansas, recounting the very real story of the men and women who built the small communities of Kansas.

Collection Items

<h4 style="color:#d04a10;">Fort Aubrey, Hamilton County</h4>
This study examines Fort Aubrey, a Civil War-era frontier post in Syracuse Township, Hamilton County, and the men who served there. The findings are based upon government and archival documents, newspaper and magazine articles, personal…

<h4 style="color:#d04a10;">Magic, Riley County</h4>
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…

<h4 style="color:#d04a10;">Silkville, Franklin County</h4>
Silkville Ranch was an experimental socialist community founded by Ernest de Boissiere in Franklin County, Williamsburg Township. Although the experiment failed due to financial challenges, Silkville persists as a ranch. This study includes…
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