Lindsey, Kansas

Coordinates: 39°05′37″N 97°40′41″W / 39.0937°N 97.6781°W / 39.0937; -97.6781

Lindsey, Kansas
Unincorporated community

KDOT map of Ottawa County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ottawa
Elevation 1,290 ft (425 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67467
Area code 785

Lindsey is an unincorporated community in Ottawa County, Kansas, United States,[1] less than 1-mile (1.6 km) southeast of Minneapolis, Kansas. A railroad line belonging to Kyle Railroad runs through the center of the townsite. The railroad does not have a siding or stop in Lindsey. Only one road (which is paved with asphalt), North 135th Road, runs through the community. Lindsey consists of about a half dozen residences.[2]

Lindsey was settled in 1864, shortly after Fort Solomon was constructed a bit less than 0.5-mile (0.80 km) west of the Lindsey townsite. Lindsey was named for Lindsey Creek, about 1-mile (1.6 km) to the north. Lindsey Creek was named after a trapper named Lindsey, who had trapped in the area since 1857. Lindsey was the first county seat of Ottawa County. It was built in close proximity of Fort Solomon, so the town could take advantage of the protection the fort offered.[3]

By the late 1860s the use of Fort Solomon was coming to an end, as problems between the white settlers and the Indians disappeared. In 1871 the fort had only a few cabins left. Lindsey was in decline, too, and was no longer the county seat. In 1879 a visitor said Lindsey had been recently abandoned and was at the time used by persons who had come to the area during the annual corn harvest. Lindsey in fact was not abandoned, but was never anything but a ghost of its former self thereafter. Today Lindsey is little more than a wide spot in the road, consisting of little more than about a half dozen residences and no businesses.[4]


  1. "Ottawa County". Blue Skyways. Kansas State Library. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. KS Home Town Locator website, .
  3. Theodore H. Scheffer, "Old Fort Solomon at Lindsey," Kansas Historical Quarterly, Winter 1956, Vol. 22, No. 1, p. 342
  4. Scheffer, p. 342

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