Ghost Town: Cicero, Kansas


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Location: Cicero, Kansas, USA
County: Sumner
Remains: Town Hall, One House, Elevator
Status: Still standing

History

Cicero, Kansas was founded some time during the late 1800s, lying just four miles north and two miles east of Wellington, Kansas. Originally, it had two wooden grain elevators, a town hall, around four houses, and a store with a post office. A one-room school house was located 1/2 mile west of Cicero.

The town hall was used for activities such as meetings, dances, church services, and voting. During the town’s prime, it was mainly used in the shipping of wheat and cattle to major cities like Emporia, Kansas City, and Wichita. Luckily, the Santa Fe Railroad ran through it, making shipping easier.

Cicero’s elevators had to be torn down in fear that they would collapse onto the railroad tracks. It wasn’t until shortly after World War II that the town became deserted, when trucks began to be used to take crops and livestock to the market.

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