Location

  Vesper,
  Kansas

Founded: 1887
Population: about 50
Elevation: 1390 feet
Latitude: 39° 1' 55" N
Longitude: 98° 16' 47" W
Area Code: 785

  Vesper Presbyterian Church

Vesper is located in the beautiful Saline River valley in Lincoln, [LC], county. It's just south of K-18.

Most of the old buildings are gone and the railroad no longer passes through Vesper; the town is now an "active ghost town". Bingo is held the first and third Saturdays of each month and community events are held in the old high school gymnasium.

History

The current Vesper townsite was named Nemo when it was founded in 1887. "Old Vesper" was located two miles west of Nemo, and the post office there was founded in 1873. The townsite of Nemo was vacated in 1894. "Old Vesper" was moved to this location and was platted into lots in 1905. The Union Pacific ran through the new townsite.

Vesper Presbyterian Church Vesper Presbyterian Church   (785) 526-7761

The church was organized September 3, 1876 by Dr. Timothy Hill and Rev. H. C. Bradbury in the old Vesper school next to the Vesper Cemetery two miles west of Vesper. Services were held in the school house until a new church was built in Vesper. The cornerstone was laid October 27, 1901 and the building was dedicated October 30, 1904. Services are still held every Sunday.

Information & pictures supplied by Donna Surprise, Lyons

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