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A town company located the site for a new town on April 6, 1878. The first buildings put up by the Town Company included barracks for emigrants. Soon there was a general merchandise store, a drug store, and a hardware store. The town was incorporated in 1879. The post office was established on June 14, 1878.
The ethnicity of its settlers is not known.
Sanders, Gwendoline and Paul. "The Harper County Story". North Newton, Kansas: The Mennonite Press, 1968.
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