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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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Silkville, Franklin County

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Oronoque, Norton County

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Aubry, Johnson County

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While it may be overlooked today, Aubry, Kansas, played a key role in the Civil War and the history of the Kansas but was out-competed by the nearby…