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Antelope, Kansas
KDOT map of Marion County (legend)
Antelope, Kansas is located in Kansas
Antelope, Kansas
Antelope, Kansas
Location in Kansas
Antelope, Kansas is located in the United States
Antelope, Kansas
Antelope, Kansas
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Kansas
County Marion
Township Clear Creek
Founded 1870
Named for antelope
1,368 ft (417 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-01950
GNIS ID 477249

Antelope is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Kansas, United States. Antelope got its name from antelope grazing near where the first school was being built. It is located northeast of Marion, about 0.9 miles west of the intersection of U.S. Route 77 (aka U.S. Route 56) highway and 250th Street along the Union Pacific Railroad.


Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Marion County
1915 Railroad Map of Marion County

Early history

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Antelope.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington through Antelope to Caldwell. It foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, and finally merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

A post office existed in Antelope from July 25, 1870 to June 20, 1988.


Antelope is located at 38°26′10″N 96°58′26″W / 38.43611°N 96.97389°W / 38.43611; -96.97389 (38.4361259, -96.9739075), between Marion and Lincolnville next to the Union Pacific Railroad.

Area attractions

Antelope has one listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

  • Amelia Park Bridge (NRHP), 1 mile north-east of Antelope on 260th Street.
  • Island Field Ranch House (NRHP), 1 mile east of Antelope on U.S. Route 77. Childhood home of Alvin Silas Wight.


The community is served by Centre USD 397 public school district. The high school is a member of T.E.E.N., a shared video teaching network between five area high schools.


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1893 Railroad Map


U.S. Route 77 is 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Antelope. The Oklahoma Kansas Texas (OKT) line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs through the community.


  • Internet
    • Satellite is provided by HughesNet, StarBand, WildBlue.
  • TV
  • Electricity
    • Community and Rural areas provided by Flint Hills RECA.

Notable people

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