Place:Kennekuk, Atchison, Kansas, United States

Alt namesKenekuksource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS20005118
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates39.633°N 95.483°W
Located inAtchison, Kansas, United States     (1858 - )
Also located inGrasshopper, Atchison, Kansas, United States     (1858 - )


Town of Kennekuk

Kennekuk is an unincorporated place, and historically was a post town, in the extreme northwestern part of the township of Grasshopper, county of Atchison, state of Kansas, United States of America. It is situated in section 3 of township 5 south, range 17 east (Sixth Principal Meridian).


Kennekuk was one of the first places in the county where white men located permanently, an early mission being established here. The Kennekuk Post Office was established (in Brown County) on 8 June 1857 and discontinued on 20 October 1900. The town was platted by William H. Wheeler, county surveyor, in June 1858. It flourished for some years, being on one of the great wagon highways to the west, during the period of emigration in the late 1840s and 1850s, but when the railroads were built it sank into insignificance. Kennekuk was named after a Kickapoo chief.

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