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NORTH LYON CO. POST OFFICES

(In order of year established)

Miller, Ks.Territory  Feb. 26, 1855 – Feb. 12, 1856. 1 (established the same day as Allen) Probably located on the Santa Fe Trail, at A. I. Baker’s Rock Creek trading post.  (See Agnes City.)

Allen  Feb. 26, 1855 – Oct. 28, 1856, reestablished Feb. 19, 1857 – present.   Originally at 142-Mile Creek on the Santa Fe Trail, moved to present town site in 1886.

Agnes City  Nov.1, 1856        Located on the Santa Fe Trail at A. I. Baker’s Rock Creek trading post.  National Archives show the post office at Agnes City was established in Wise (now Morris) County Nov. 1, 1856, then transferred to Breckinridge Co. where it was established in 1856.2  It was probably discontinued after July 3, 1862 when Baker was murdered and Agnes City burned.

Americus post office name changes:  Orleans Aug. 8, 1857, renamed Americus 1859, renamed Sheridan 1864, renamed Americus 1866 – present.

Waterloo  1858 – 1874          Waterloo Inn owner Wm. H. Mickel appointed postmaster June 30, 1858.  Located southwest of Miller, on the Burlingame Road, just NE of 142-Mile Creek.

Waushara  1858 – 1862, 1863 – 1864, 1864 – 1895   On the Santa Fe Trail, 5 miles west of the Lyon/Osage Co. line, 3/4 mile south of the Lyon/Wabaunsee Co. line.

Fremont  1860 – 1867, 1870 – 1873, 1876 – 1878       3 miles east and 2 miles south of Americus.

Reading 1870 – present

Bunker Hill  1870 – 1870, renamed Ivy  1871 – 1896       3 miles east and 1 mile south of Admire.

Agnes City (on Bluff Creek)  June 15, 1871 – June 6, 1891            Taking the township name, this PO served the rural area north of present-day Bushong.

Badger Creek  1873 – 1896              Southwest of Reading, 2 miles east of Lang.

Dow Creek  1873 – 1874       10 miles west and 1 mile north of Reading.

Foster Springs  1878 – 1879            Southeast of Bushong

Air  1880 – 1900           3 1/2 mi. N and 1 1/2 m. W of Miller

Stotler  1880 – 1901      A rural community northeast of Miller was named Stotler after Jacob Stotler of Emporia who was helpful in establishing the post office.  The post office was located in private homes, and was discontinued when rural routes were commenced in 1901 from Osage City.

Dell  1881 – 1890       3 1/2 miles east and 3 1/2 miles north of Americus

Trail  March 3, 1882 – June 2, 1887       1 mi. north and 3 mi. west of Allen.

Hortonburg  1882 – 1900, renamed Lang  1900 – 1924.    Located on the AT&SF Railroad between Emporia and Reading.

Admire  1886 – present

Miller  had a series of post offices 1886 – 1959

Bushong  Jan. 31, 1887 – 1984

Comiskey  1887 – 1911, 1912 – 1929      Located at the west county line with its railroad station on the Lyon County side, and the small town with its PO across the line in Morris County.

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SOURCES

  1. Arthur Inghram Baker: Frontier Kansan, by Wm. M. Shimeall, 1978, courtesy Lyon County Historical Society Archives, Emporia, KS.
  2. The Two Agnes Citys, by Nelloise Jackson

http://www.postalhistory.com/postoffices.asp?task=display&state=KS&county=Lyon

The Emporia News, Oct. 8, 1859.  “The number of Post Offices in Breckenridge county is eleven, as follows:  Emporia, Italia (Neosho Rapids), Forest Hill, Plymouth, Toledo, Waterloo, Waushara, Allen, Agnes City, Americus and Dacorah.”

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