Kansas June 20, 2016
This Haunting Road Trip Through Kansas Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget
Do you have an interest in deserted places and Kansas history? I think that we all do, which is why this epic Kansas ghost town road trip is perfect for everyone to take. To get a better glimpse into these places, all you have to do is print this map (or find the original link
here), grab a friend, hop in the car and go!
Do you want to know what makes this historic one-time home to Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants unique? Well, for starters, its cemetery is said to house one of the "Gates of Hell" that opens up every year on both Halloween night and the Spring Equinox... (So, there's that!)
The town that was named for St. Louis Browns catcher Albert J. "Doc" Bushong and once served as the home of a Cold War nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile is now home to only a few deserted buildings and a handful of residents.
Located in Morris County, Dunlap was at one time a prime relocation spot for hundreds of recently freed slaves, but unfortunately went under during the Great Depression. (Interesting fact: The town was once home to factories, mills, and a number of other successful businesses.)
4. Diamond Springs
The once "Diamond of the Plains" has been abandoned for awhile... You see, during the Civil War, the town's stage station was attacked and robbed by Quantrill confederate Dick Yeager, who killed the station manager and severely injured his wife. The station, one of the few operating town businesses, was moved down-the-road to Six Mile Creek, and the town eventually folded due to the lack of traffic along the Santa Fe Trail.
5. Le Hunt
I don't know if it is just the eeriness of this picture or the alleged haunting of the abandoned United Kansas Portland Cement Company (where a former employee fell into a vat of concrete never to be seen again), but I probably wouldn't explore Le Hunt by myself...
Any guesses as to how Silkville got its name? If you guessed that the town served as a commune for silk production under the rule of utopian socialist Ernest de Boissière, you would be correct! (If you guessed this, you should definitely start playing the lottery.)
Who will you be taking on this Kansas ghost town road trip?