Lone Star, Kansas

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Lone Star, Kansas
Lone Star Church of the Brethren
Lone Star Church of the Brethren
KDOT map of Douglas County (legend)
Lone Star is located in Kansas
Lone Star
Lone Star
Lone Star is located in the United States
Lone Star
Lone Star
Coordinates: 38°52′0″N 95°21′19″W / 38.86667°N 95.35528°W / 38.86667; -95.35528Coordinates: 38°52′0″N 95°21′19″W / 38.86667°N 95.35528°W / 38.86667; -95.35528[1]
CountryUnited States
Elevation879 ft (268 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code785
FIPS code20-42475 [1]
GNIS ID479512 [1]

Lone Star is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, in the U.S. state of Kansas.[1] It is 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Lawrence.


The first settlers arrived in 1854, many of whom were either southern colonists or sympathizers who wanted slavery to be legal in the Kansas Territory. However, by 1860, many of these individuals had returned to the south or given up the cause. When William Quantrill razed Lawrence in 1863, some of his men traveled down south and passed near Lone Star.[2]

The settlement was initially known as "Bond"—which was the name of its first postmaster. The post office was open from 1875 until 1953.[3] According to the Lawrence Journal-World Lone Star was named as such after a group of settlers saw a star in the sky while trying to think of a suitable name for their community's school.[4]

Near Lone Star is Lone Star Lake which was built by the Civilian Lone Star Lake Park Conservation Corps in the 1930s.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Lone Star, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. ^ Parker, Martha; Laird, Betty (1976). "Lone Star". Soil of Our Souls. Parker-Laird Enterprises. pp. 146–62.
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Carpenter, Tim (November 28, 1997). "What's in a Name? Key Elements of Area History". Lawrence Journal-World. p. 3B. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Lone Star Lake Park". DouglasCountyKS.org. Retrieved January 24, 2018.

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