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"Ghost" town of 
Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

Location:  Six miles north of Shawnee
Existed: May 14, 1903 - 1915
Named for: J.M. Aydelotte

The town site was officially platted and filed on record under the name of Hansmeyer, named after one of the homesteaders, William H. Hansmeyer. Eventually the town was named Aydelotte although a Post Office was never established.  The Santa Fe Railroad had a station at this point. J. M. Aydelotte who had arrived at nearby Shawnee in early 1898 established the Shawnee Cotton Oil Co. and the Shawnee Compress, which compressed 66,000 bales of cotton in its second year of operation.  Aydelotte was Mayor of Shawnee and one of the commissioners appointed to buy the right-of-way for the Santa Fe Railroad. He was also vice-president of the first bank established in Shawnee, the Shawnee National Bank, in 1898.

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Source: "POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY OKLAHOMA HISTORY" compiled and edited by Pottawatomie County History Book Committee; published by Country Lane Press, Claremore, OK, 1987.