Urbana, Kansas

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Urbana is an unincorporated community in Neosho County, Kansas, United States.[1] Its elevation is 951 feet, and its zip code is 475106.

History[edit]

Urbana was platted in 1870.[2] It was located on the Missouri Pacific Railroad.[3]

A post office was opened in Urbana in 1870, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1957.[4]

From 1877 to 1878 it was the sight of the short-lived "Esperanza Community", which was described as "a colony of communists."[5] They bought a hotel[6] and ran a newspaper called The Star of Hope.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neosho County". Blue Skyways. Kansas State Library. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 839.
  3. ^ History of the State of Kansas: Containing a Full Account of Its Growth from an Uninhabited Territory to a Wealthy and Important State. A. T. Andreas. 1883. p. 841.
  4. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961, page 2". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  5. ^ Robert S. Fogarty (2003). All Things New: American Communes and Utopian Movements, 1860-1914. Lexington Books. pp. 104–105. ISBN 978-0-7391-0520-7.
  6. ^ W. W. Graves, ed., Annals of Osage Mission (St. Paul, Kansas: Graves Library, 1987), 243
  7. ^ “To Correspondents and Visitors” Star of Hope, 1, No. 3 (March 1878) p. 4, cols. 2-3

Coordinates: 37°33′29″N 95°23′58″W / 37.55806°N 95.39944°W / 37.55806; -95.39944