Situated along a wagon road, is the dot marking Buchanan. The map did not indicate that there had been a Post Office there. Other information about this little dot on the map is slim and none. It was in the area where I was driving, looking for ghost towns on the prairie. So I bounced over a few ruts and went to see if there was anything at Buchannan.
Up and over the hill I saw an old farm house and some out buildings, long abandoned. The homestead sat on the banks of a small creek and it appeared there may have been some springs there also. The house was small but functional. Behind it was poles for a clothesline, a chicken coop. Further down the bank was the barn and some posts for a corral and on the other side was the windmill and stock tank.
It looked like any other homestead on the prairie that got blown out during the dirty thirties. But here it was a dot on the wagon road. So now I am speculating. Was this a transfer point, way station for travelers, had there been a store here, what importance was the Buchannan place to the early day settlers. I’ll probably never know, but I found the place.
Driving across the creek and looking back, I could see a faint trace of the old wagon road. It was a change in the vegetation across the way on the banks of the small creek. Straight as an arrow it headed for the Buchannan place.
Nearby on the map, there were other places marked as having Post Offices. Abbott was few miles south on the road and further south was the Abbott church. Yet, here the road showed up, having its beginnings at Deertrail, CO.
When I go searching for these prairie ghosts I usually have 4-8 targets marked out on the map. Places like Buchannan are usually and after thought but being on the wagon road, intrigued me.