Lost Springs, Kansas

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Lost Springs is a city in Marion County, Kansas, United States.[3] It was named for the old lost spring near the city.[4] The population was 71 at the 2000 census.



From the 1820s to the 1870s, one of the most significant land routes in the United States was the Santa Fe Trail. The "Lost Spring" was one of the favorite camping spots on the Santa Fe Trail because it generally had an ample supply of good water. It was located 15 miles west of Diamond Spring, which as a day's travel for a wagon train. The spring apparently got its name because it is a periodic spring, drying up at times for a week, a month, or even two years, so those visiting the site sometimes could not locate the spring on a return trip. A stage stations was set up nearby in 1859 and was known as the Lost Springs Station, but no visible evidence remains of the station.[5]

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway Company built a line through Lost Springs.[6] It was renamed four times and currently named the Union Pacific Railroad.


Lost Springs is located at 38°33′59″N 96°57′55″W / 38.56639°N 96.96528°W / 38.56639; -96.96528 (38.566495, -96.965225)[7]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

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