FOUNDED: c. Late 1800s
ABANDONED: c. Mid-1940s
REMAINS: Town hall, one house, elevator
STATUS: Still standing
Lying just four miles north and two miles east of Wellington, Kansas in Sumner County is Cicero, a small town founded sometime during the late 1800s. In its heyday, it had two wooden grain elevators, a town hall, around four houses, and a store with a post office. Located a half mile west of Cicero was a one-room schoolhouse. Cicero’s town hall was used for activities such as meetings, dances, church services, and voting.
Cicero was mainly a center of shipping wheat and cattle to major cities, such as Emporia, Kansas City, and Wichita. Shipping was made easier with the assistance of the Santa Fe Railroad. The arrival of the railroad saw the end of the elevators, as it was feared they would fall onto the tracks.
Shortly after World War II, Cicero was deserted.
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