Yocemento, Kansas

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Yocemento, Kansas
Unincorporated community
KDOT map of Ellis County (legend)
KDOT map of Ellis County (legend)
Yocemento is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Yocemento is located in the US
Yocemento (the US)
Coordinates: 38°54′26″N 99°25′26″W / 38.90722°N 99.42389°W / 38.90722; -99.42389Coordinates: 38°54′26″N 99°25′26″W / 38.90722°N 99.42389°W / 38.90722; -99.42389
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ellis
Township Big Creek
Founded 1906
Elevation 2,051 ft (625 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67601
Area code 785
GNIS feature ID 484723[1]

Yocemento is an unincorporated community in Big Creek Township, Ellis County, Kansas, United States.[2]


The U.S. Portland Cement Company constructed a cement mill at the site of Yocemento in 1906.[3][4] In 1907, the company platted a town for the mill's workers, naming it Yocemento, a portmanteau of Yost, the company president's last name, and cement.[4][5] A post office opened that same year.[6] By mid-1908, the mill was operational, and the town included a general store, hotel, and restaurant. Many local residents employed at the mill were ethnic Hungarians who had constructed a Catholic church at the site in 1906.[4]

In 1917, the cement company went bankrupt and sold the mill to a Denver-based competitor.[4] The post office closed as well.[6] The mill was dismantled, and residents began to leave the community. In 1931, the church building was moved to Buckeye, Kansas for use as a community hall. Today, what remains of the mill has been remodeled into family homes.[4]


Yocemento is located at 38°54′26″N 99°25′26″W / 38.90722°N 99.42389°W / 38.90722; -99.42389 (38.9072335, -99.4239958) at an elevation of 2,051 feet (625 m).[1] It is 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Interstate 70 and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) west-northwest of Hays, the county seat.[2]

Yocemento lies on the south side of Big Creek in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[2][7]


The old alignment of U.S. Route 40, now a paved county road, runs southeast-northwest through Yocemento.[8] Another paved county road, Yocemento Avenue, runs generally north-south through the community, connecting to an interchange with Interstate 70 to the north.[9]

The Kansas Pacific (KP) line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs southeast-northwest through Yocemento, parallel to the old alignment of U.S. 40.[2][10]


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "General Highway Map - Ellis County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 1978. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Yocemento". KSGenWeb. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ellis County". Kansas Heritage Project. Fort Hays State University. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  5. ^ Heim, Michael (2007). Exploring Kansas Highways. p. 31. 
  6. ^ a b "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Official 1960-61 Kansas Highway Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  9. ^ "Yocemento, KS". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  10. ^ "UPRR Common Line Names" (PDF). Union Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 2015-07-16.