Geneva

Name:

Geneva

County:

Allen

Zip Code:

66749

Latitude / Longitude:

38°1′1″N 95°29′39″W / 38.01694°N 95.49417°W / 38.01694 -95.49417 U

Elevation:

1,024 ft (312 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Geneva is an unincorporated community in the northwestern part of Allen County, located in southeast Kansas, in the central United States.

Remains:

The town of Geneva was founded by free-state men in the summer of 1857. A colony was formed in New York under the leadership of Ephraim Fisk, and another in Michigan under the leadership of Merritt Moore. These united, forming the Union Settlement Association, among the prominent members in which were Dr. B.L.G. Stone, G.L. Wait, S.T. Jones, Rev. G.S. Northrup, I.A. Holman, P.P. Phillips, E.J. Brinkerhoff, J.H. Spicer, A.P. Sain, H.R. Somers, Frank Ureidenberg, J.C. Redfield, and J.M. Mattoon. The colony selected the northwestern part of Allen County for a location, and started out with great expectations. There were about 300 families engaged to settle at once. It was decided to locate and lay out a town comprising not less than 640 acres (2.6 km2) of land. The site was chosen on account of the fertile prairie land around, as well as the heavy timber so close along the banks of the streams. It was decided to at once begin the building of a large structure and to found a non-sectarian college and academy.

Established:

 

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

Although official s are not compiled for unincorporated places, the population of the surrounding Geneva Township was 172 in the 2000 census.

Remarks:

Geneva continued to exist as a small unincorporated community, and by the year 1869 it contained two stores, one blacksmith shop, a wagon shop, a hotel, a Congregational Church built of stone, and an academy. This building was a frame structure two stories high, and the school had been established in 1866 under charge of the Neosho Presbytery. The  was then about one hundred. By 1872 additional improvements were made, and several business enterprises were undertaken that afterward fell through. It was expected that a railroad would be built through that part of the county, and when the town failed to secure it, it began to decline. Geneva had a post office from November 1858 until September 1942.