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Gatesville Cemetery
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 was ever established, even though it was an essential hub for livestock shipping.

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 prosper. At the same time Mulberry settlers were chasing the new "American Dream" they themselves were…

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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 drops on rail lines, lingering communities that coalesced around a church, rapidly-fading religious…

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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 include a town to qualify as a township. Thus Five Creeks, located in Clay County, Kansas, is known to…

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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 the United Brethren Church was built nearby. Both served local farms in the area when it was an…

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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 established and settled on March 18th, 1860 by Capt. G. Shaubel and others who came from the town of…

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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 students came from farm families, and were mainly of English descent.

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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 place paints a unique picture that is unlike other vanishing communities in Kansas. Many Kansas…

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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 ethnic groups. It saw a boom in economic activity but unfortunately, fell victim to a common die out of a…

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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 data, genealogical research, photographs, plat maps, and personal interviews.