Coolidge, Kansas
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing
N 38° 02.451 W 102° 00.602
13S E 762394 N 4214568
Located on the Colorado/Kansas border, this town is listed as a ghost town.
Waymark Code: WM90YV
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 06/10/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Crystal Sound
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I was not able to locate much information about this town, but is is listed on several ghost town websites.

Coolidge is a city in Hamilton County.

The community was named for Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Kansas named Coolidge.)

The estimated population, in 2003, was 87.

In the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation starring Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, the Griswold family visits Cousin Eddie and his family, who live on a farm just outside Coolidge.

Copied from this website: (visit link)

"Homesteading in Hamilton County
The Santa Fe Railroad had a division point located in Old Granada and they moved it to Coolidge in 1881. The town began to grow, and by the following year, Coolidge had houses and stores that were being built. 1886 and 1887 saw the town grow rapidly with a population of 1800. There were 3 lumber yards, 3 dry goods businesses, 5 eating places, 7 grocery stores, and even an opera house that burned down shortly after it was completed. There were also several newspapers that kept track of the news of the area. Two large merchandising firms, Otero and Sellers and Chick Brown and Company, were both located in Coolidge.

After an election for the county seat in April 1886, in which Syracuse claimed it won, it was determined that Syracuse used fraudulent names including the names of people from Shawnee County, Kansas and Mills County, Iowa. On May 31, 1887 an election was held and Coolidge received the majority of votes with the endorsement of the citizens of Kendall.

Kendall was still the temporary seat as the Kansas Supreme Court continued to hear cases on the county seat war through February 1888. In April, 1888 the court determined that no town had been legally chosen the county seat, so Kendall remained as the temporary county seat. Another election was held June 20, 1888, and Coolidge was the winner; however, in July the U.S. Land Office issued a document proclaiming Syracuse as the permanent county seat. Records and office equipment were moved from Coolidge to Syracuse on November 16, 1888.

A roundhouse that could hold 27 engines and a Harvey House were in place by 1886, which is when the city was incorporated.

Syracuse became the home of the railroad division in 1902, and by 1910, the population of Coolidge was less than 250.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


"Hamilton County, History". Syracuse, KS: Hamilton County Historical Society, 1979.

Fitzgerald, Daniel. "Ghost Towns of Kansas." Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1988
Reason for Abandonment: Economic

Date Abandoned: 01/01/1910

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