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The Gaylord Town Company was organized in January 1871. The town site was laid out and named after C. E. Gaylord. The first grocery store was opened by C. P. Newell in the spring of 1871, and the post office was established on June 2, 1871.
The ethnicity of its settlers is not known.
Pletcher, Vera Edith Crosby. "A History of Smith County, Kansas to 1960". Masters thesis, Kansas State University, 1960.
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