Webster

Name:

Webster

County:

Rooks

Zip Code:

67669

Latitude / Longitude:

39°23’13″N 99°25’04″W

Elevation:

1,937 ft (590 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Webster was an unincorporated community in Belmont Township, Rooks County, Kansas, United States.

Remains:

The community of Webster was established in the Solomon Valley along the South Fork Solomon River in the late 1870s. Webster was created from two settlements; Webster settled on the north side of the river and Belmont that originated on the south side of the river. Belmont was founded as a trading post in 1876. Due to flooding, the Belmont settlement was moved across the river adjoining the Webster settlement. Belmont was first to file an application for a post office. The Belmont application was denied as another Kansas town had previously been granted the name. Instead, Webster was granted a post office in 1879.

Established:

 

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

Construction of Webster Dam on the South Fork Solomon River was approved in 1953. Webster Reservoir would encompass the  occupied by the town of Webster. As a result, the town was relocated 2 miles to the southeast. Many businesses and residents chose not to relocate to the new town site.

Remarks:

Webster, named for Daniel Webster, was surveyed, platted and filed in 1885. The town was never incorporated. In 1888, Webster had two doctors, two churches, a school and 24 businesses. A large city park called The Grove featured towering cottonwood trees.