Bloom, Kansas

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Bloom, Kansas
Unincorporated community
KDOT map of Ford County (legend)
KDOT map of Ford County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°29′11″N 99°53′46″W / 37.48639°N 99.89611°W / 37.48639; -99.89611Coordinates: 37°29′11″N 99°53′46″W / 37.48639°N 99.89611°W / 37.48639; -99.89611
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ford
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Bloom is a small unincorporated community in Ford County, Kansas, United States. Its post office closed in 1992.[1]

History[edit]

Bloom[2] was established by the Scott family in 1887 or 1888.[3][4] 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[5] 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.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Small Town Locator, Internet website, [1] Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Dead towns of Kansas, Internet blog/website, [2] Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 190. 
  5. ^ Flicker, Internet website [3] Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Dead towns of Kansas, Internet website.

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