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Calista is an unincorporated community in Kingman County, Kansas, United States. It was named from the Greek Callista, meaning “most beautiful”.
Calista became a town in 1886 after the town of Maud (1881-1886) was moved there. This original town known as “Old Calista” lasted until 1896 when the town had to be moved to make way for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. “New” Calista was founded about two miles west-southwest of “Old” Calista and was a town until 1955.
Now Calista is a ghost town with only a few buildings remaining and a small grain elevator open for about two weeks a year during the wheat harvest.