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Our Genealogy Helper for Luray ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Luray (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Luray. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Luray ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Prior to its current name of Luray, it was known as Lura.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Luray is located in Russell County.

To see how the shape of Kansas' counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Russell County: Barton, Ellis, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Osborne, Rooks & Rush.

Below are the counties that are near Luray. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Luray:

  • Russell County     (The home county of Luray)
    • Waldo [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waldo
      • Waldo [Russell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 29 people
      • Former name for Waldo:
      • Pleasant Run
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waldo
    • Lucas [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucas
      • Lucas [Russell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 390 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lucas<2>
    • Paradise [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise
      • Paradise [Russell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 48 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise
    • Bunker Hill [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bunker Hill
      • Bunker Hill [Russell County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 93 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bunker Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Bunker Hill:
      • Bunkerhill
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bunker Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bunker Hill<2>
    • Russell [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Russell
      • Russell [Russell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,383 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Russell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Russell<2>
    • Dorrance [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dorrance
      • Dorrance [Russell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 180 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dorrance have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Dorrance:
      • Dorrence
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorrance
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dorrance<2>
    • Balta [Russell County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Balta
      • Balta [Russell County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Balta have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Gorham [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gorham
      • Gorham [Russell County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 336 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gorham have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gorham
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gorham<2>
    • Milberger [Russell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milberger
      • Milberger [Russell County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milberger
  • Barton County
    • Dubuque [Barton County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dubuque
      • Dubuque [Barton County] was located 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Luray
    • Susank [Barton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Susank
      • Susank [Barton County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 31 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Susank have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Susank
    • Galatia [Barton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Galatia
      • Galatia [Barton County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 36 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Galatia have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galatia
  • Ellis County
    • Emmeram [Ellis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emmeram
      • Emmeram [Ellis County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Emmeram have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emmeram
    • Walker [Ellis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walker
      • Walker [Ellis County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walker have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walker
    • Catharine [Ellis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Catharine
      • Catharine [Ellis County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Catharine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Catharine:
      • Saint Catharine
      • Catharine has also been known as:
      • Catherine
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Catharine
    • Victoria [Ellis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Victoria
      • Victoria [Ellis County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,215 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Victoria have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Victoria
    • Hays [Ellis County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hays
      • Hays [Ellis County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,829 people
      • Former name for Hays:
      • Hays City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hays
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hays<2>
  • Ellsworth County
    • Wilson [Ellsworth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilson
      • Wilson [Ellsworth County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 713 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wilson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Wilson:
      • Bosland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilson
    • Ellsworth [Ellsworth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellsworth
      • Ellsworth [Ellsworth County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,935 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellsworth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellsworth<2>
    • Holyrood [Ellsworth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holyrood
      • Holyrood [Ellsworth County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 409 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holyrood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Holyrood:
      • Hollyrood
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holyrood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Holyrood<2>
    • Kanopolis [Ellsworth County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kanopolis
      • Kanopolis [Ellsworth County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 446 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kanopolis have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Kanopolis:
      • Fort Harker
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kanopolis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kanopolis<2>
  • Lincoln County
    • Sylvan Grove [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sylvan Grove
      • Sylvan Grove [Lincoln County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 269 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sylvan Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Sylvan Grove has also been known as:
      • Sylvan Grove Station
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sylvan Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sylvan Grove<2>
    • Denmark [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denmark
      • Denmark [Lincoln County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Luray
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denmark
    • Lincoln Center [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln Center
      • Lincoln Center [Lincoln County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,189 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln Center have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lincoln Center<2>
    • Barnard [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barnard
      • Barnard [Lincoln County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 64 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Barnard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Barnard:
      • Nimrod
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barnard
    • Beverly [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beverly
      • Beverly [Lincoln County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the east of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 146 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beverly have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beverly
  • Mitchell County
    • Hunter [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hunter
      • Hunter [Mitchell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hunter have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hunter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hunter<2>
    • Tipton [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tipton
      • Tipton [Mitchell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 189 people
      • Former name for Tipton:
      • Pittsburg
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tipton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tipton<2>
    • Cawker City [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cawker City
      • Cawker City [Mitchell County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 426 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cawker City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cawker City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cawker City<2>
    • Glen Elder [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Elder
      • Glen Elder [Mitchell County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 420 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Elder have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Elder
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glen Elder<2>
    • Beloit [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beloit
      • Beloit [Mitchell County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,564 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beloit have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beloit
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beloit<2>
  • Osborne County
    • Natoma [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Natoma
      • Natoma [Osborne County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 296 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natoma have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Natoma:
      • Tapley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Natoma
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Natoma<2>
    • Osborne [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osborne
      • Osborne [Osborne County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,280 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Osborne have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Osborne:
      • Penn
      • Osborne has also been known as:
      • Peru
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Osborne
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Osborne<2>
    • Bloomington [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomington
      • Bloomington [Osborne County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Luray
      • Former name for Bloomington:
      • Tilden
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
    • Alton [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
      • Alton [Osborne County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 92 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former names for Alton:
      • Bull City
      • Bull's City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton
    • Downs [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Downs
      • Downs [Osborne County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 818 people
      • Former name for Downs:
      • Violet
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Downs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Downs<2>
    • Portis [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portis
      • Portis [Osborne County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 92 people
      • Former name for Portis:
      • Bethany
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portis
  • Rooks County
    • Codell [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Codell
      • Codell [Rooks County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • Former name for Codell:
      • Florreyville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Codell
    • Woodston [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodston
      • Woodston [Rooks County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
      • Woodston has also been known as:
      • Woodston Saw
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodston<2>
    • Plainville [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainville
      • Plainville [Rooks County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,768 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plainville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plainville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plainville<2>
    • Stockton [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stockton
      • Stockton [Rooks County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,234 people
      • Former name for Stockton:
      • Stocktown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stockton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stockton<2>
    • Zurich [Rooks County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zurich
      • Zurich [Rooks County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 94 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zurich have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zurich
  • Smith County
    • Gaylord [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gaylord
      • Gaylord [Smith County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 104 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gaylord have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gaylord
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gaylord<2>
    • Cedar [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar
      • Cedar [Smith County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 13 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Cedar:
      • Cedarville
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Luray, see our County-by-County Page for Luray.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Luray ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 42 newspapers that have been published in the area around Luray.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Luray. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Luray and those printed in the larger area surrounding Luray.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Luray.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Luray:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Kansas

Cemeteries Near Luray ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Luray.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Luray covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Luray Cemetery
  • Grand Center Cemetery
  • Amherst Cemetery
  • Vincent Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Vincent Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Vincent Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vincent Cemetery
  • Cheyenne Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cheyenne Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cheyenne Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cheyenne Cemetery
  • Potterville Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Potterville Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Potterville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Potterville Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Luray.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Potterville Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Lucas Cemetery
    • Delhi Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Delhi Cemetery
      • The Delhi Cemetery is located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Lucas.To be precise, Delhi Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the east of Luray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delhi Cemetery
    • Cole Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cole Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cole Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Cole Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cole Cemetery
    • Cedar Bluff Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cedar Bluff Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cedar Bluff Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Cedar Bluff Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Bluff Cemetery
    • Victor Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Victor Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Victor Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Victor Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Victor Cemetery
    • Covert Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Covert Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Covert Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Covert Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Covert Cemetery
    • Mt. Herman Cemetery
    • Rosette Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rosette Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rosette Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Rosette Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Luray.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rosette Cemetery
    • Elm Creek Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Luray had a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Luray had a population of 182 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Luray, with the one closest to Luray listed first.

  • Luray [Russell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Luray
    • Luray [Russell County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Luray
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 182 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Luray had a post office and railroad service
    • Former name for Luray:
    • Lura
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  • Vincent [Osborne County]
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    • Vincent [Osborne County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Luray
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 15 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Vincent had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vincent have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Cheyenne [Osborne County]
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    • Cheyenne [Osborne County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Luray
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 104 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cheyenne had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cheyenne have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Cheyenne has also been known as:
    • Cheyenne City
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  • Waldo [Russell County]
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    • Waldo [Russell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Luray
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 29 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Waldo had a post office and railroad service
    • Former name for Waldo:
    • Pleasant Run
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  • Lucas [Russell County]
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    • Lucas [Russell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 183 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 390 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lucas had a post office and railroad service
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  • Paradise [Russell County]
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    • Paradise [Russell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Luray
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 48 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Paradise had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Covert [Osborne County]
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      • Covert [Osborne County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Luray
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Covert had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Covert have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Bunker Hill [Russell County]
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      • Bunker Hill [Russell County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Luray
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 157 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 93 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bunker Hill had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bunker Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Bunker Hill:
      • Bunkerhill
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    • Russell [Russell County]
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      • Russell [Russell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Luray
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 961 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,383 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Russell had a post office and railroad service
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    • Homer [Russell County]
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      • Homer [Russell County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Luray
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Homer had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homer have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Sylvan Grove [Lincoln County]
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      • Sylvan Grove [Lincoln County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Luray
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 59 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 269 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Sylvan Grove had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sylvan Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Sylvan Grove has also been known as:
      • Sylvan Grove Station
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    • Fairport [Russell County]
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      • Fairport [Russell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 50 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Fairport had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairport have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Fairport:
      • Clarkson
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    • Natoma [Osborne County]
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      • Natoma [Osborne County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Luray
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 296 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Natoma had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Natoma have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Natoma:
      • Tapley
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    • Dorrance [Russell County]
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      • Dorrance [Russell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Luray
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 175 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 180 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dorrance had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dorrance have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former name for Dorrance:
      • Dorrence
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    • Tipton [Mitchell County]
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      • Tipton [Mitchell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Luray
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 111 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 189 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Tipton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Former name for Tipton:
      • Pittsburg
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We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Luray. See our List of 1890's Communities around Luray.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Luray ...

While our initial data about Luray came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Luray in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Luray.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Luray:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Rand McNally Map of Kansas (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found Luray in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Luray for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Luray. See our Misc Page for Luray for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Kansas

About Russell County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Luray. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Kansas: https://portal.kansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Luray) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Luray. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LurayOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luray. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1145, Longitude: -98.6920    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Luray, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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