Achilles

Name:

Achilles

County:

Rawlins

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

39°42′13″N 100°48′38″W / 39.70361°N 100.81056°W / 39.70361

Elevation:

2,844 ft (867 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Achilles (/”‘t””l”s/ “-CHIL-“s) is a ghost town in Rawlins County, Kansas, United States. Its heyday began in the 1870s and ended in roughly 1915 when the railroad bypassed Achilles and with more use of the automobile, Achilles declined. Most of the businesses were defunct by the mid- to late-1930s.

Remains:

A post office was opened in Achilles in 1879, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1951.

Established:

 

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

In 1993 Achilles was still marked on Kansas State maps, but by 2001 it was no longer acknowledged on newly published maps.

Remarks:

There were two houses actually in Achilles: Pearl (Hill) and Frank Bacon home and the Fields house. The Fields house remains; the Bacon home was moved. Off of Main Street stood a Methodist church, later moved to Atwood and used for a home. Also off Main Street stood the Achilles one-room schoolhouse, which is still standing and used for community events. Nearby Achilles Cemetery acknowledges many of the pioneers who settled the .