America City was fifty miles from Atchison along the Parallel Road, an overland road for travelers and stage freights headed west. When the counties were organized, America City was right on the Nemaha-Pottawatomie county line. In the beginning, America City was a prosperous community. The town was laid out shortly after being settled and settlers built a schoolhouse, grocery store, and church that same year. A post office opened the following year.
The downturn came to America City in the 1870s when the Kansas Central Railroad laid tracks north in Corning and south in Havensville. The Parallel Road ceased to exist and all freight began using the railroad. By 1880, the population was still around 100 and still had several businesses including three general stores, a hotel, and physician. Surrounding cities and the locals were still positive about America City's place in history but the population continued to drop. It was less than 30 in 1910 and in 1932 the post office closed. Combined with the Great Depression, America City could no longer last.
|short blurb about America City from the Havensville Review, January 1902
|Gate to the America City Cemetery.