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Butterfield trail was three miles north and was abandoned years before when KPRR started service about 1868. Chetolah was ...
Harold Kraus
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Ghost Town of Chetolah

Ellis County, KS

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Chetolah Ghost Town remnantsThe ghost town of Chetolah, southwest of Antonino, began in 1888 as a service center for the Butterfield Overland Despatch (B.O.D.).  A livery stable and store once existed, as well as a hotel known for its quality pies and bean soup.

In 1893, a miner H.P. Artz claimed to have discovered gold near Chetolah, prompting a rush of settlers to southern Ellis County. When most of the "gold" turned out to be iron pyrite, the mining shafts and the Chetolah townsite were soon abandoned.

Some of the lumber from the gold mills was later used in construction of the original Antonino church in 1905.

Directions: 3 mile west of Antonino and turn left (south) on 180th Avenue. Proceed 3 miles south on 180th Avenue to Chetolah Gold Road. Near the area where the Smoky Hill River crosses 180th and north of Chetolah, Gold Road is the location of this former town. The area is not marked, and ruins are not easily seen from the road, but look for the concrete remains near the river and bridge area.

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Larry Reichert

Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785.625.5386
Paulette Reichert

Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785.623.4561
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