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Galena--Cherokee; began in 1877 when lead was discovered near
Short Creek; Empire City declined was annexed to Galena in 1911.
Galesburg--Neosho; M.K.T. R.R.
Galva--McPherson; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887
Garden City--Finney; Santa Fe Trail Mountain Route; founded by
the Fulton brothers in 1878 and later named after the beautiful
garden of the founder's wife; A.T.S.F. R.R.
Garden Plain--Sedgwick; 

Gardner--Johnson; Santa Fe Trail and Oregon Trail junction/divide 
west of Gardner;
Garfield--A.T.S.F. R.R.; Santa Fe Trail

Garnett--Anderson; founded in 1856 and named for William A.
Garnett, president of the town company at Greeley.  

Garrison--Pottawatomie; U.P. R.R.-Central Branch; M.P. R.R.; 
Garrison and Garrison Crossing named for Cornelius Kingsland 
Garrison, a president of the Missouri Pacific Railroad; 
townsite is now flooded by the Tuttle Creek Dam; town was 
located on the Blue River on the border of Pottawatomie County;

Gas City--Allen; a suburb of Iola in Allen County; P.O. called Gas; 
Gaylord--Smith; C. E. Gaylord, pioneer
Geary City--Doniphan; Mar. 23, 1856, seven men from Leavenworth
surveyed and organized a new town on the Missouri River, upstream
from Doniphan; The men named the community Geary City in honor or
John W. Geary, the territorial governor. 

Geneseo--Rice; located just south of the Ellsworth County line. 

Geneva--Allen; located in Geneva Township northeast of Iola;
settled by colonists of Union Settlement Association from New
York and Michigan; named after Geneva, New York. 
Gerlane--Barber; R.R. station; 
Germania--Sedgwick; German name; 
Germantown--Brown; German name;
Gillespie--A.T.S.F. R.R.;

Girard--Crawford; named for Stephen Girard, the Philadelphia 
merchant, banker and philanthropist of pre-Civil War days. 

Glen Elder--
Globe--Douglas; Santa Fe Trail; 

   Mennonite village just outside of Hillsboro. My grandmother,
   Anna Barkman Thiesen, was born there. She is the daughter of Peter
   P. Barkman whose father Peter M. Barkman immigrated in 1874 from
   [Gracelyn Thiesen (Gracelyn7@aol.com) contributed this information]         

Goddard--Sedgwick; A.T.S.F. R.R.; named for J. F. Goddard, 
vice-president and general manager of the Santa Fe in 1877.
Goessel--Marion; German name; 
Goff--Nemaha; M.P. R.R. Central Branch; 
Good Intent--Atchison; P.O.; named changed to Goodintent.

Goodland--Sherman; 1909-1910 America's first patented helicopter 
was invented by William Purvis and Charles Wilson of Goodland; 

Goodman--Johnson; Landowner
Goodrich--Linn; John S. Goodrich, postmaster
Gordon--Butler; A.T.S.F. R.R.;
Gorham--Russell; Gorham, pioneer; K.P. R.R.; 
New Gottland--
Gould City--Rooks; this place was missed by the railroad and deserted.
Gould--Greenwood; (see Severy)
Gourock--Harper; replaced by Albion; a Scotch name.

The blizzard of 1886 forced the cattle ranches out of business. 
The biggest cattle ranch was the Smokey Hill cattle pool. 

Grainfield--Gove; K.P. R.R.
Granada--Nemaha; (see Pleasant Spring); located south of Sabetha 
about 15 miles.

Grantville--Jefferson; C.R.I.P. R.R.; K.P. R.R.;
Grasshopper Falls--
Gray--A.T.S.F. R.R.;
Great Bend--Barton; settled in 1871 and boomed when the A.T.S.F
R.R. arrived in 1872; Santa Fe Trail
Green Top--Doniphan; P.O. 1857-59, A. S. Ross, postmaster; about
2 m. south of Bendena. 
Greenleaf--Washington; M.P. R.R. Central Branch;
Greensburg--Kiowa; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887; named for D. R. Green,
stage-line owner; Green's stage line became known as the
Cannonball, and he was known as "Cannonball Green"

Greenwich Heights--


gretna is on the railroad in phillips county. it was 
originally laid out sept. 15, 1887 and was called dana. 
when the railroad arrived dana was renamed gretna. 50 years 
ago it had a bank, an elevator and several other stores, 
but it was never much bigger than that. it was settled 
mostly by families from missouri. 

The Kansas Heritage Server would like to thank mat 
(mthompso@fhsu.edu) for contributing this information. 

Grinnell--Gove; K.P. R.R.;


The Kansas Heritage Server would like to thank 
Gloria Secrest (gloriasecrest@msn.com) for contributing 
this information. 

Yes, I was looking through your site on old towns in Kansas 
and did not find the town of Gross, Kansas.  This is where my 
Mother was born and her family lived there for many years. Do 
you have anything on this town?

I know it was a coal miners town and that most all who lived 
there worked in the coal mines. My mom says many people from 
many countries lived there. Her family name was Endecott.

Groveland--McPherson; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887
Groy--A.T.S.F. R.R.
Guittard Station--Marshall; located on Vermillion Creek; 
Central Overland California and Pikes Peak (COC&PP);
Gypsum City--Saline; named after Gypsum Greek east of Salina;
"swallowed up" an earlier town named Pliney; 1892 Seven thousand
tons of gypsum were shipped from its mill to Chicago in for
buildings in the World's Fair.

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