Ghost town? I don't think so.
Agenda, Kansas, is an important place name in my family tree. During the 1880s, my great-great-grandfathers, Ashbel Mapes and Almus Hill had neighboring farms just a few miles from this prairie village. Their children married, and to make a long story short, here I am today!
Agenda has a population of less than 100 people. Huge grain bins tower above everything else in town. The streets are not paved, but there's a pretty good sidewalk along the front of the business district.
The ice cream shop is delightfully old-fashioned with a long wooden counter and a pressed metal ceiling. A friendly lady was tending the shop. After we ate our ice cream, she took us down to the small museum/library at the end of the street and let us inside. She also told us to be sure to walk outside through the back door of the ice cream shop.
The back side of the ice cream shop opens to a pleasant little park. If it had not been so hot that day (over 100°), it would have been nice to sit at an outside table with our snack.
The park may be some empty lots that have been reclaimed and repurposed. A local resident has done an interesting landscaping project. He painted a "hills-and-sky" mural on the side of a building on one end of the park. The stream in the painting merges with a real stream that runs across the park and ends in a fountain.
Birds love this sheltered, shady spot, and their songs fill the air. Frogs like it here, too. This little fellow was soaking himself near the foot bridge.
I took the rest of these photos in the small Agenda museum. I attempted to photograph some of the museum's interesting old photographs, but it was challenging. I had a lot of trouble with reflections on the glass, and my photos didn't turn out too great. But irregardless, here are a few of my pictures, showing Agenda in its early days -- a little prairie town, fortunate to be on the railroad.
The store in the photo above was lost in a fire. The business district today is not the business district that my great-great grandparents knew.
The USA Service Roll is from World War II. It's about four feet long. It probably hung on the wall of a store in Agenda. Or maybe it was displayed in the same building where it is hanging today -- the Agenda State Bank, which serves as the museum. The main room of the bank is now a small library, and the vault has become a storage closet.
The museum also has some records for the Agenda cemetery, including a notebook of funeral records and a listing of the location of graves.
Agenda is listed in a book of Kansas ghost towns, but it's not dead yet. I saw evidence that its residents are improving their little town and preserving its history. They are planning a 125-year-anniversary celebration and homecoming for next summer. I think it would be interesting to attend.