Historical Directory of Kansas Towns [W]
WaKeeney (Trego)--Trego; K.P. R.R.;
Wadsworth Mound--Anderson; Ten miles from Garnett is Wadsworth
Mound, which was used as a lookout by the Indians and later by
John Brown, the famed abolitionist.
Wagonda--Osborne; on south fork of Solomon River;
Wagstaff--Miami; W. R. Wagstaff, pioneer
Wakarusa River Crossing--Oregon Trail
Wakefield--Clay; primary English settlement in Kansas;
Waldeck--Marion; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887; German name;
Waldron--Harper; Howard D. Waldron, postmaster
Walker--Elk; J. E. Walker, pioneer
Walker--Ellis; named after Pioneer; K.P. R.R.;
Wallace--Wallace; founded in 1865; 1870 K.P. R.R.;
Walnut Grove--Doniphan; P.O. 1856-62, Grandison Wilson,
postmaster; moved near Bayne's Bridge, exact location uncertain;
Walnut/Walnut Station--Crawford; 1877 Walnut Station shortened
its name to Walnut; Fowler family contributed land for a local
cemetery (Fowler Cemetery) located in Walnut Grove Township
section 33, 6.5 m. east of Erie; M.K.T. R.R.
Walton--Harvey; A.T.S.F. R.R.; James Walton, merchant;
Wamego--Pottawatomie; Oregon Trail; Smoky Hill Trail; division of
K.P. R.R. moved here April 3, 1870;
Wannamaker--Shawnee; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887;
Wano--Cheyenne; it only lived eight years but it was a roaring
Waseca--Johnson; name changed to Holliday; S.F. R.R.;
Washington City--Washington; founded in 1860; M.P. R.R. Central Branch;
Water Scrape; Santa Fe Trail Jornada Route; Middle Crossing
Waterville--Marshall; site of organization of Osborne, Kansas by
Pennsylvania Dutch Company; located on Little Blue River;
M.P. R.R. Central Branch;
Watson--Shawnee; George H. Watson, postmaster
Wayside--Montgomery; Oil boom town;
Webber--Jewell; Dan Webber, townsite owner;
Welda--Anderson; German name;
Wellington--Sumner; established in 1871.
Wellsford--Kiowa; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887; named after Colonel C.D.
Wellsford, town promoter;
Weskan (Monotony)--Wallace; K.P. R.R.
West Mineral--Cherokee; founded in 1896 as a mining town;
Westmoreland--Pottawatomie; Oregon Trail; Rock Creek Crossing
south of Westmoreland.
Weston--Geary (Davis); Liberty Township;
Westphalia--Anderson; German name; named after Westphalia, IA;
Westport Landing--Wyandotte; Santa Fe Trail;
Wetmore--Nemaha; M.P. R.R. Central Branch;
I am trying to find the birthplace of my grandfather. The name
that appears on my uncle's birth certificate dated April 16, 1918 is
Witmore or Wetmore Kansas. My grandfather's name may appear as W.C.
Handley or Carl Robert Handley.
[Terry Handley (email@example.com) contributed this information.]
Wheeler--Cheyenne; named after Pioneer;
White City (Swedeland)--Morris; M.K.T. R.R. 1868; C.R.I.P. R.R. May 1887;
Whiteside (aka Sherman)--Reno; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887;
Whiting--Jackson; M.P. R.R. Central Branch;
Wichita--Sedgwick; Chisholm Trail; S.L.S.F. R.R. 1880;
Wier City--Cherokee; named for a coal miner T. M. Wier who gave
forty acres for a townsite;
Wilder--Johnson; S.F. R.R.;
Willard--Shawnee; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887
Williamsburg--Franklin; S.F. R.R.
Williamsport--Pratt; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887
Williamstown--Jefferson; Charles Williams, postmaster; K.P. R.R.
Willis--Brown; Martin C. Willis, pioneer
Wilmore--Comanche; Thomas Wilmore, pioneer
Wilsey--Morris County; named after John D. Wilsey, pioneer; early
1880s the M.P. R.R. was built through the county and the town of
Wilsey came into being.
Wilson--Ellsworth; Bohemian or Czech settlement; K.P. R.R.
Wilsonville--Bourbon; named changed to Bronson; M.P. R.R.;
Windhorst--Ford; located northeast of Dodge City on "Windhorst
Hill"; Named in honor of the German leader of the Catholic Center
party, which opposed Bismarck; Settled by Germans from Cincinnati;
Winfield--Cowley; founded in 1870 on land leased from Chief
Winkler--Riley; German name;
Winona--Doniphan; P.O. 1857-59, Philo Foster, postmaster; located
about 1 m. east of Doniphan/Brown Co. line where Winona
Winona--Logan; K.P. R.R.
Wolcott--Wyandotte; Herbert W. Wolcott, pioneer
Womer--Smith; Daniel Womer, pioneer
Woodlawn--Nemaha; southwest of Sabetha; Emil Jonach helped settle
Capioma Township, brought supplies to the Woodlawn store from Sabetha
by wagon, he ran the store for many years, he also had the postoffice
in the store. There is not much left at the site, a church and a
school is all.
Worden--Santa Fe Trail
Wyckoff (Wycoff)--Lyon; M.K.T. R.R.; Wyckoff Bottoms near Neosho
Rapids was the name of bottom land.
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