Xenia, Kansas

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Xenia, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Xenia, Kansas is located in Kansas
Xenia, Kansas
Location within the state of State
Coordinates: 37°59′43″N 94°59′11″W / 37.99528°N 94.98639°W / 37.99528; -94.98639Coordinates: 37°59′43″N 94°59′11″W / 37.99528°N 94.98639°W / 37.99528; -94.98639
Country  United States
State  Kansas
County Bourbon
Elevation 1,040 ft (317 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Xenia is a small unincorporated community in Franklin Township, Bourbon County, Kansas, United States.[1] Located at an altitude of 1,040 feet (317 m),[2] it lies in Bourbon County's northwest corner, along K-65, west of the confluence of the Little Osage River and Limestone Creek.[1][2] The name of the town is pronounced "Zee-Nee" by some locals.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Settling in the Xenia area in 1856, the year after Bourbon County was organized in 1855, were John Van Syckle, Samuel Stephenson and Charles Anderson.[3]

John Van Syckle and his father laid out Xenia's village plat in 1858.[4] The younger Van Syckle opened the village's first store, offering general merchandise.[3]

Xenia gained a post office on Nov. 29, 1858, when the Peru (Linn County) post office was moved to Xenia. Peru, which is now a ghost town, had a post office from Aug. 5 to Nov. 29, 1858.[5] As well as being Xenia's first merchant, John Van Syckle became Xenia's first postmaster.[6]

The first church building was built in 1876 by the Methodists.[3]

In 1878, Franklin township was Bourbon County's third-most populous, at 1,474. The county seat of Fort Scott) had 5,081 residents. Scott Township had 2,036. Marion Township, just south of Franklin in the county's west end, had 1,676.[3]

In 1910, Xenia had a money-order post office and population of 115.[7] Xenia Post Office closed Aug. 31, 1926.[8]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b DeLorme. Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. 4th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2009, p. 66. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Xenia, Kansas
  3. ^ a b c d http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1878/bourbon.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/bourbon/bourbon-co-p24.html
  5. ^ Robert W. Baughman's Kansas Post Offices, May 29, 1828-August 3, 1961, published by the Kansas Postal History Society, an affiliate of the Kansas Historical Society.
  6. ^ http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223977/page/8/ Kansas Historical Society, Kansas Memory records
  7. ^ "Kansas, a cyclopedia of state history ..." http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/x/xenia.html
  8. ^ Robert W. Baughman's Kansas Post Offices, May 29, 1828-August 3, 1961, published by the Kansas Postal History Society, an affiliate of the Kansas Historical Society.

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