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Riverton, Kansas
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Our Genealogy Helper for Riverton ...

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 Riverton (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 Riverton. 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.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Riverton is located in Cherokee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cherokee County: Crawford, Labette, Jasper (MO), Newton (MO), Craig (OK) & Ottawa (OK).

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

Cherokee     (The home county for Riverton)
  Lowell   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Empire City   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Galena   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  South Galena   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Baxter Junction   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Baxter Springs   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  East Galena   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Quaker   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Crestline   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Badger   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Treece   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Columbus   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cherokee   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Opolis   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Klendike   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pittsburg   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Monmouth   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  McCune   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Beulah   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Frontenac   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Capaldo   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ringo   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Curranville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Edison   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Chetopa   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oswego   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Strauss   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bartlett   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Labette   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Altamont   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Edna   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mound Valley   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Barton (MO)
  Mindenmines (MO)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Burgess (MO)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Liberal (MO)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lamar Heights (MO)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lamar (MO)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Golden City (MO)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Jasper (MO)
  Central City (MO)   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Klondike (MO)   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Iron Gates (MO)   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Smithfield (MO)   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Joplin (MO)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lone Elm (MO)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Carl Junction (MO)   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Airport Drive (MO)   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Oakland Park (MO)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Duquesne (MO)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rex City (MO)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Waco (MO)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Lawrence (MO)
  Pierce City (MO)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
McDonald (MO)
  May (MO)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Tiff City (MO)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Goodman (MO)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Anderson (MO)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lanagan (MO)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wylie (MO)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ginger Blue (MO)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Noel (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  South West City (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pineville (MO)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rocky Comfort (MO)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Newton (MO)
  Loma Linda (MO)   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Grand Falls Plaza (MO)   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cliff Village (MO)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Shoal Creek Drive (MO)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dennis Acres (MO)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Leawood (MO)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Redings Mill (MO)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Spring City (MO)   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Shoal Creek Estates (MO)   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Saginaw (MO)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Silver Creek (MO)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Racine (MO)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Craig (OK)
  Welch (OK)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bluejacket (OK)   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hollow (OK)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vinita (OK)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Delaware (OK)
  Copeland (OK)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cayuga (OK)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bernice (OK)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grove (OK)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dodge (OK)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cleora (OK)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dennis (OK)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Zena (OK)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Ottawa (OK)
  Hockerville (OK)   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lincolnville (OK)   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Picher (OK) - Historic   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Quapaw (OK)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cardin (OK)   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Peoria (OK)   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Commerce (OK)   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  North Miami (OK)   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Miami (OK)   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dotyville (OK)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Wyandotte (OK)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Kellyville (OK)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Riverton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riverton.

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 click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

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 Riverton covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Gandy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Quaker Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Faith Community Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stevenson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hillcrest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Boston Mills - Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Usrey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Galena Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Ferris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Baxter Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Timberhill Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brush Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Dockery Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Messer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beasley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wirtonia Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sherwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Columbus Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Green lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Parkway Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Peace Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW County Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Howard Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Riverton ...

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 93 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riverton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Riverton, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Riverton.

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.<3>

While we didn't find Riverton in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Riverton.

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

Lowell   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Riverton
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Lowell had a post office and railroad service
Baxter Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Riverton
 - 1895 population of 1,248 people (with 3,944 people in 2018)
 - Baxter Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Galena   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Riverton
 - 1895 population of 2,496 people (with 2,875 people in 2018)
 - Galena had a post office and railroad service
Empire City   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Riverton
 - 1895 population of 923 people
 - Empire City had a post office and no railroad service
Neutral   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Riverton
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Neutral had a post office and railroad service
Crestline   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Riverton
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Crestline had a post office and railroad service
Smithfield (MO)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Riverton
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Smithfield had a post office and railroad service
Blendville (MO) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Blendville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Riverton
 - Blendville had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Riverton. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riverton in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

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

These websites are specific to Kansas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Kansas Historical Society

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Kansas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Cherokee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Crawford County:     Cyndi's



Labette County:     Cyndi's



Neosho County:     Cyndi's



Barton County (MO):     Cyndi's



Jasper County (MO):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (MO):     Cyndi's



McDonald County (MO):     Cyndi's



Newton County (MO):     Cyndi's



Craig County (OK):     Cyndi's



Delaware County (OK):     Cyndi's



Ottawa County (OK):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Kansas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Kansas,
Cemeteries of Cherokee County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Kansas   Cemetery Wiki for Kansas
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Kansas, for Cherokee County

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.

Disaster Stories from Kansas
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Kansas

About Cherokee County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Kansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Riverton) 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 Riverton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Riverton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riverton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.0749, Longitude: -94.7045     [Map].

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<2>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:

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<3>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 Riverton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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