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Homesteading in Barton County


Founded in 1885 by David C. Barrows who laid out the town site. It was called Four Corners, and when Henry G. Weber, who was from Galatia, Illinois, settled in the town, he renamed it Galatia.

The first building was a United Brethren church. The Santa Fe Railroad came through with its tracks in 1916, and for a short time, Galatia was growing with the addition of three grain elevators, a bank, a lumber yard, and three general stores. By 1921, the town's population was 202, but by 1980, the population was only 60.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


Fitzgerald, Daniel. Faded Dreams: More Ghost Towns of Kansas. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1994.


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