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Homesteading in Kiowa County 


Founded by C. P. Wellsford after he moved the Dowell, Kansas post office to the new site in 1884. Named after Mr. Wellsford, the town became a frequent stop on the route of the Cannonball Express stagecoach.

At one time, Wellsford was a thriving community with livery stables, general stores, a drug store, elevators, and a bank. It also had both the Rock Island and Santa Fe Railroad running along parallel tracks. There were as many as seven different newspapers that set up shop at different times in town, and there were also seven livery stables during its prime.

As the railroad moved west and other towns were built along the rail line, Wellsford began to decline. Greensburg became the trade center. By the 1910, the population was only 100, and in 1955, the post office was closed.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


"A History of Kiowa County 1880-1980: A Chronicle of Kiowa County written by Kith, Kin and Kind Friends". Lubbock,TX: Taylor Publishing Co., 1979.

Fitzgerald, Daniel. "Ghost Towns of Kansas." Vol. 3. Daniel Fitzgerald, 1982.


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