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Submitted by: Rutherford Rankin
I grew up in SW Kansas. There is a town on your site called Wilburton KS in Morton County. I am very familiar with it. We farmed just a few miles from there. I never thought of it as a ghost town, but it really is. And it is still easy to identify with several homes remaining. Most are abandoned now.
I talked to my father about it. He grew up a few miles from there. He used to go there almost daily with his father in the 1930s and 40s.
Wilburton was a bustling little town of about 1000 to 1500 poeple from 1920 to 1950. It had a post office, grocery store, dry goods store, lumber yard, grade school, high school, gas station, auto repair shop, several churches, a restaurant, several grain elevators, and a train depot. I have three aunts that graduated from Wilburton high school. All the school buildings are gone. I barely remember the old grade school building, but it is now gone. It disappeared in the early 1980s....or mabye late 70s.
My dad said by the early 1950s, it was withering away very fast. He believes it lost its incorporation in the mid 1950s while he was in the Air Force. He thinks most of the buildings were moved out by truck for one reason or another. Today, little remains of Wilburton. When I grew up in the 1970s and 80s, Wilburton was just a collection of houses with no active businesses left.
The Morton Couny historical society in Elkhart might be able to provide some photos for those interested.
There was another town in NE Morton County called Dermont. It was not nearly as large, but all that remains of it today is a old church that is a community center.
I hope you will find this information useful for your website.
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