KDOT map of Ford County (legend)
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Elevation||2,582 ft (787 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|FIPS code||20-07350 |
|GNIS ID||470693 |
Bloom was established by Thomas J. Vanderslice and Samuel O. Albright in 1887 or 1888. Vanderslice named it Bloom after his hometown of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The small town sprang to life when the Rock Island Railroad pushed west. The town's original train depot can still be found in Bloom.
Bloom's population reached a few hundred in the 1930s but gradually declined since and is now less than 50. The Bloom Public School closed in the early 1960s when the town's school district merged with that of Minneola, Kansas.
The small town once had a hotel, gas station, restaurant, post office, and lumber yard. Today, only a grain elevator business and private residences remain. Wheat farms and ranches surround the small town.
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Bloom, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
- "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- Small Town Locator, Internet website,  Retrieved January 12, 2013.
- Dead towns of Kansas, Internet blog/website,  Retrieved January 12, 2013.
- Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 190.
- Flicker, Internet website  Retrieved January 12, 2013.
- Dead towns of Kansas, Internet website.
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