Hollis, Kansas

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Hollis is a rural unincorporated community in Cloud County, Kansas, United States.


1909 tornado damage

Hollis was first called Christie, for W. J. Christie, the original owner of the town site.[1]

Hollis was a shipping point located at the junction of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy and the Union Pacific Railroads.[2]

A tornado hit Hollis on May 14, 1909 at five o'clock in the evening[3] causing serious damage and killing several people. The town was "swept away" by the tornado[3] Only three buildings in the town were reported to have escaped damage, and total damage estimates were over $50,000 in 1909 dollars.[3]


  1. ^ Hollibaugh, E. F. (1903). Biographical History of Cloud County, Kansas: Biographies of Representative Citizens. Illustrated with Portraits of Prominent People, Cuts of Homes, Stock, Etc. Wilson, Humphrey & Company. p. 888.
  2. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 864.
  3. ^ a b c The Kansas City Star "Damage by Kansas Storm" May 15, 1909 (reported on GenDisasters.com website)

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Coordinates: 39°37′52″N 097°33′09″W / 39.63111°N 97.55250°W / 39.63111; -97.55250