Covert is easily the best name for a ghost town to be found anywhere. During its 86 years of existence (1880 to 1966) this unincorporated village became notable for many things despite its quiet agricultural appearance:
(1) The giant 1880 Shedd Prairie Fire, which started near Covert and swept 30 miles to the south and east through the southern half of Osborne County and the northern half of Russell County in North-Central Kansas.
(2) Covert Rural High School, for 36 years the community’s heartbeat and biggest employer.
(4) The 1928 (and still unsolved) murders of the Albert Kaser family, the worst such tragedy in Osborne County, Kansas history.
(5) Covert area native John Locke, who not only taught at Covert but also coached the boys and girls basketball teams, cementing Covert's legendary reputation as a hoops power on his way to a Hall of Fame career as the winningest high school boys basketball coach in Kansas history.
These subjects and more are presented and explored through news articles, previously unpublished histories, and former residents’ recollections, author Mona Winder Kennedy’s compilation attests that the history of Covert is synonymous with the history of rural life in Kansas during this period.
Mona Winder Kennedy currently living in Luray, Kansas with husband Peter and top cat Cleo. Her interests - besides three adult children and three grandchildren – include genealogy and local history. Her previous books are a memoir, Life on Covert Creek, and Grand Centre on Wolf Creek, the story of a forgotten community in southern Osborne County, Kansas. Both are available for purchase on the Ad Astra Publishing website.
Covert, Kansas: The Evolution of a Ghost Town, compiled by Mona Winder Kennedy. 6x9, 314 pages, softbound, with maps, photographs and index. ISBN #978-1-60614-015-4. Price: $25.00.