Kansas has more than 6,000 dead towns. Here are a few of them I traveled to as a Hutchinson News journalist.
DUNLAP — Benjamin “Pap” Singleton, who was born a slave in 1809 in Nashville, Tenn., considered himself a latter-day Moses.
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YAGGY - In the distance, two tall white homes still stand, just as magnificent as they ever were.
SHIELDS – From the photograph, a lively town was celebrating the summer of 1925 with an annual picnic.
HAYS – In span of six months, Rome rose and fell.
NEKOMA – When a town dies, you don’t expect people to pay to turn it into a museum.
Earlier this year I got a nice note from Tom O'Grady, of Ireland, who reminisced about traveling America's back roads from California to New York in 1988.
Publication Date: November 14, 2010
FREDERICK – There is no mayor, no city council and no budget. And no one, it seems, knows what to do about Frederick, Kansas.
JETMORE – It seemed, at first, that Eliza Bradshaw’s life was long buried beneath her tombstone in the town cemetery – which just marks her birth and death.
HITSCHMANN – Time after time, Pete Krier admits, Mother Nature has taken him back to square one.
The few residents left in Kansas' second smallest town have not made a decision on its fate.
As far as Frederick City Clerk Melode Huggans knows, no one has even discussed it.
Often after my dead town stories are published, I get tidbits from people who had relatives in a particular town.
Frederick is on life support.
BRISTOW – They never dreamed their new beginning would mark a prominent end.