Stull, Kansas

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Stull, Kansas
Unincorporated community
United Methodist Church and Bait Shop, in 2009
United Methodist Church and Bait Shop, in 2009
Stull, Kansas is located in Kansas
Stull, Kansas
Stull, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°58′16″N 95°27′22″W / 38.97111°N 95.45611°W / 38.97111; -95.45611Coordinates: 38°58′16″N 95°27′22″W / 38.97111°N 95.45611°W / 38.97111; -95.45611
Country United States
State Kansas
County Douglas
Elevation 938 ft (286 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 479114[1]

Stull is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Kansas, United States located 10 miles west of Lawrence and 13 miles east of Topeka.


19th century[edit]

Originally called Deer Creek Community,[2] the area was settled mainly by people of German ancestry, mainly Pennsylvania Dutch. By 1857, six families were living in the vicinity. Descendants of the original founders still reside in the community. In 1859, the settlers organized the Evangelical Emmanuel Church and by 1867 the members had collected enough funds to construct a stone church on land donated by Jacob Hildenbrand for that purpose and a cemetery. Until 1908, the sermons were preached in German.[2]

20th century[edit]

The Stull Church of Christ was started in 1907, and by 1913 a frame church was built in town. A post office was established on April 27, 1899 and was named Stull after the first and only postmaster Sylvester Stull. The post office was discontinued in 1903. In the early 1920s, Stull nearly had a bank, and an electric railway was to be extended past Lawrence to Emporia, but for one reason or another the plans never materialized.

In the early 20th century, Stull suffered two tragedies. A young boy was found burned to death after his father had finished burning a field and a man was found hanging from a tree after going missing.[2]

21st century[edit]

The old Evangelical Church, built in 1867, was torn down in March 2002. The church was subject to occult rumors and was often vandalized.[3]

Stull Cemetery[edit]

Stull Cemetery, in 2007

The cemetery located in Stull has gained an amount of dubious recognition due to various urban legends referring to Satan, the occult, and as being a supposed gateway to Hell.[4] Local police have discouraged curiosity seekers from entering the cemetery, especially on Halloween, and some people have been arrested for trespassing there.[5]

Urge Overkill released Stull EP in 1992, which features the church and a tombstone from the cemetery on the cover. The legends also form the plot in the films Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal and Nothing Left to Fear. The cemetery is also the site of the final confrontation of the Apocalypse in season five of the television series Supernatural.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Martha Parker & Betty Laird. Soil of Our Souls: Histories of the Clinton Lake Communities. Parker-Laird Enterprises, 1976, 94-104.
  3. ^ "Building's Demolition a Mystery". Lawrence Journal-World. 2002-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Hell Hath No Fury". 2004-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Legends Linger Around Stull". Lawrence Journal-World. 1999-11-01. 

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