Annelly, Kansas

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Annelly, Kansas
Ghost Town
1915 Railroad Map of Harvey County
1915 Railroad Map of Harvey County
Annelly is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 37°58′20″N 97°12′4″W / 37.97222°N 97.20111°W / 37.97222; -97.20111Coordinates: 37°58′20″N 97°12′4″W / 37.97222°N 97.20111°W / 37.97222; -97.20111[1]
Country United States
State Kansas
County Harvey
Elevation[1] 1,391 ft (424 m)
 • Total 0
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 620
GNIS feature ID 0484651 [1]

Annelly is a ghost town in Richland Township 9 miles southeast of Newton in Harvey County, Kansas, United States.[1] The community was located along the Missouri Pacific Railroad line between Newton and Whitewater, but the track was abandoned in 2003.[2]


Early history[edit]

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century[edit]

1915 Railroad Map of Harvey County

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1872, Harvey County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Annelly.

The community was established after the Missouri Pacific was built through the area. Annelly was named by a railroad employee for his wife Ann and daughter Ellie.[3] A post office existed in Annelly from August 25, 1885 to December 31, 1921.[4]

20th century[edit]

In 1910, Annelly, (population 25) had a money order post office, a station on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, a grain elevator, a hotel, and a general store.[5]

21st century[edit]

In 2003, the railroad track was abandoned.

Today only an abandoned 1 room school house and the Main Street (Annelly Road or SE 57th Street, accessible from S East Lake Rd. and SE 60th Street) of Annelly still exist, though the schoolhouse cannot be observed or approached from public roads. A farm house on the west end of Main Street is still occupied. Gypsum Creek, a tributary of the Whitewater River, runs through "downtown" Annelly.[citation needed]

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