Norway in America - Kansas

Post office names in USA and Canada with Norwegian origin.
Research by Hallvard Slettebø and Dag Henriksbø.


This page was updated 16 May 2021

East Norway, KS
The little Norwegian community of East Norway was established 1869 in Doniphan Co., KS. John Hoverson, born 1829 in Kristiansand, Norway, was the original landowner. A post office opened 1871, and name-change to Moray 1894, discontinued 1938. Svein Andreassen writes about East Norway, KS.



New Scandinavia, KS
The settlement of New Scandinavia, a settlement in Republic Co., KS was promoted by crop failures during the 1860s in Sweden. In 1868, the Scandinavian Agricultural Society of Chicago purchased 12 sections of land along the Republican River and formed a colony. The post office opened 1869. There were mainly Swedish settlers here. The name was changed to Scandia in 1876.

Norway, KS
Norway is a village and township in Republic Co., KS. The first settler here was Rasmus Rimol from Trondheim, Norway, the family name indicates connection to Melhus near Trondheim. The post office was established 1870 in J. G. McCathron’s dugout, he was the first postmaster and first justice of the peace. The population of Norway Township was 492 in 1880, down to around 200 today. The post office closed 2008. Svein Andreassen writes about Norway, KS.



Odin, KS
Odin is a community in Barton Co., KS. The reason for its name is not known. Odin was the principal god in Norse mythology. Odin, KS had a post office from 1877 until 1906.
The post office was re-established in 1950, and finally closed again in 1992. The population was 101 at the 2010 census.



Scandia, KS
The settlement of New Scandinavia, a settlement in Republic Co., KS was promoted by crop failures during the 1860s in Sweden. In 1868, the Scandinavian Agricultural Society of Chicago purchased 12 sections of land along the Republican River and formed a colony. The post office opened 1869. There were mainly Swedish settlers here. The name was changed to Scandia in 1876; the new name was clearly derived from its original name. The post office is still in operation. See New Scandinavia, KS.



Valhalla, KS
Valhalla was a community in Gove Co., KS. The reason for its name is not known. Valhalla is the hall of slain warriors in Norse mythology. The post office was established 1903 with Sarah E. Bentley postmaster, and it closed 1921 with mail to Pendennis.




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