Places named Axtell/Axtel
There are 9 populated places in the US named Axtell/Axtel. That puts the name in a tie
with Smith! (Admittedly, Smith has more variations--there is no Axtellville or Deaf Axtell
County.) You can get a list of "Features" named Axtell/Axtel on US Geological
Survey Maps at the USGS
Geographical Names Information Server. There are also 32 Roads
named Axtell. There were about 8 Axtel telephone exchanges
until telephone numbers became all numbers.
The 1945 Genealogy notes that Osmyn Parson Axtell (#7-205) b. 1817 was a railroad
contractor in the West and "some railroad towns were named for him."
Please send pictures of these places! I will scan and return them. Address: Dan Axtell,
1674 Westminster West Rd, Putney, VT 05346.
- Dean C. Axtell for the pictures of Nebraska, Kansas, and Utah.
- Charlie E. Axtell for the pictures of Texas.
- Don Axtell for the pictures of Montana.
The 9 populated places with the name Axtell (Axtel) are:
- Axtell, Kearney Co., Nebraska (40º 28' 42" N, 99º 07' 35" W) (pictures)
- in south central NE, 37 mi. W of Hastings on Rte 6. This is the biggest town of the name
with a population of 707 (1990). The town is a real photo-op for family Christmas cards.
You can pose the family in front of the Axtell City Fire Dept., Axtell Community Hall,
Axtell Library, Axtell Post Office, Axtell Medical Clinic, Axtell Dental Clinic, Axtell
Swimming Pool, Axtell Barber Shop, and Axtell School with Axtell
School buses. There are also the usual assortment of road signs with "Axtell."
Dean C. Axtell reports that Axtell, NE is home to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Axtell. He spent 3
hours with them in July, 1995 and found that he was not the first Axtell curious enough to
meet some Axtells in a town named Axtell. Leo Axtell of Nampa, ID and Bill (William D.)
Axtell from Brainerd, MN had both preceded him.
- Axtell, Marshall Co., Kansas (39 52 18 N, 96 15 31 W) (pictures)
- in northeast KS, 20 mi. east of Marysville just N of Rte 36, population 470. Here is
Axtell Fire Dept., Axtell Grain Co., Axtell Lumber, Axtell Public Library, Axtell School,
and Axtell Seamless Guttering. Carson A. Axtell, compiler of the 1945 Genealogy, lived
here 1879-1887. The town has its
own website (started 1997) which says the town was named after Dr. Jesse Axtell, an
officer of the railroad company that started the town. This can only be Jesse [8-484], the
father of Carson. Curiously, in the biographical entry for his father, he mentions
neither that his father was an officer of the railroad nor that the town was named after
him. Also, Jesse never finished school because his father died so young. He likely never
earned the title of "Dr."
- A document in the City Clerk's office (maybe an article from the Standard) reads:
A favorite anecdote about the founding of the town of Axtell is that it began with a
hunting party. Frank White, a rancher, Colonel Harbin, a representative of the Kansas Land
and Town Company, and Dr. Axtell, a contractor for the railroad, were hunting near the
present site of Home City. White insisted upon a town being laid out in the area of his
ranch. Harbin agreed and asked what they should call the town. White said he believed
everyone around there liked the doctor, so why not name it after him? Thus Axtell was
Buried here are Walter Robert [8-587] and his wife, Isabell.
- 120 miles SW of Axtell in Newton, (Harvey Co.), KS is Axtell
Hospital (39-02-58N, 97-20-30W), where John Thomas Axtell [9-699] founded the Hospital
in 1887. It was merged in to Newton Medical Center in 1987.
- Axtell, Macon Co., Missouri (39 49 28 N, 92 28 22 W)
- in northeast MO, 6 mi. N of Macon on Rte 63. Like Axtell, KS, it is just off Rte 36.
- Axtell, Warren Co., No. Carolina (36 21 45 N, 78 15 24 W)
- I can't find it on a map, but the lat. and long. put it near Warrenton, near where I-85
crosses the Virginia line.
- Axtell, McLennan Co., Texas (31 39 29 N, 96 58 16 W) (pictures)
- in central TX, 10 mi. E of Waco. Here is Axtell High School, Axtell Drive-In, Axtell
Post Office, and the Axtell Water Supply. There is Axtell Windmill as a "locale"
(31-15-41N, 104-07--45W) and Axtell Tank as a "reservoir" (31-10-51N,
104-01-40W). This Axtell is also famous for the Axtell Meteorite. (If that link is
no good try this Alta
Vista search for Axtell meteorite.) The Axtell Meteorite is composed of Carbonaceous
Chondrite (aka Star Dust). It was found in 1943 and first recognized as a meteorite in
- Axtell, Sanpete Co., Utah (39 03 19 N, 111 49 16 W) (pictures)
- in central UT, 7 mi. N of Salina, which is on I-70. Named after Samuel Beach Axtell, who
was Territorial governor in 1874-75 before being appointed governor of New Mexico.
- Axtell, Buckingham Co., Virginia (37 42 04 N, 78 36 06 W)
- a very small town in Virginia, SW of Charlottesville.
- Axtel, Erie Co., Ohio (41 22 07 N, 82 21 50 W)
- near lake Erie, 30 mi. W of Cleveland on Rte 60. The 1945 Genealogy says Silas Axtell
[6-29] b. 1785 settled at Axtell Corners in Lake County 35 mi. EAST of Cleveland on the
Post Road (Rte 20). But this "Axtel" is west of Cleveland. In southern
Ohio, there is "Axtel School (Historical)" at 39-11-16N, 82-23-41W. Those
coordinates are near Radcliff, OH on Rte 346.
- Axtel, Breckinridge Co., Kentucky (37 38 39 N, 86 28 33 W)
- Western KY, about 40 miles east of Owensboro, near Rough River Lake. Cross the Rough
River Dam going north on 79, in a mile or so, you get to an intersection, and 79 turns
right. Axtel's about a mile or so ahead from there. Nearby Hardinsburg has an Axtel Rd.
and there is an Axtel recreation area on Rough River Lake
Other geographical locations
(see also Roads named Axtell)
- Axtell Park Middle School, Sioux Falls, South
Dakota (43 32 54 N, 96 44 50 W)
- Winona May Axtell [9-108] b. 1863 married William Hughe Lyon, a prominent attorney in
Sioux Falls. After his death in 1930, Winona May donated land for the William H. Lyon
Fairground and later added to the gift. The 1945 Genealogy stops there, but she has a
namesake herself now.
- Mt. Axtell, Colorado (38-50-17 N, 107-02-09 W)
- near Crested Butte, elevation 12,055. It may have been named after Utah and New Mexico
Gov. Samuel Beach Axtell. Axtel Canyon is between the Sand Dunes and Mt. Blanca in
southern Colorado, 37-38-25 N, 105-32-48 W. You can stay at Axtel Lodge at High
Country Resorts at Crested Butte Mountain Ski Area.
- Axtell Creek, Kalamazoo, Michigan
- According to the 1945 Genealogy, Sylvester Axtell [6-86] came to Kalamazoo in 1838,
"where the Old Axtell house (1900) still stands, and the Axtell Creek and Axtell
Street bear witness to him as one to the earliest settlers."
- Axtell Bridge, Montana (45 37 24 N, 111 12 18 W) (pictures)
- This is a bridge in Gallatin Co. There are roads named Axtell in Bozeman.
- Axtell Windmill, New Mexico (34 38 16 N, 107 25 26 W)
- This is a "locale" in Cibola Co. It is near Axtell Well (34-13-12N,
106-14-18W) and Lower Axtell Tank (34-38-19N, 107-24-30W), a "well" and
- Axtell Creek, Lincoln Co., Oregon (44 17 57 N, 123 59 11 W)
- There is also "Axtell (Historical)" as a populated place at 44-18-00N,
123-59-00W. The 1945 Genealogy reports that George Webster Axtell [9-258] moved here about
1890. The coordinates put Axtell OR about one mile southeast of Yachats, in mid-coast
Oregon. Don Axtell [12-7] reports that, not far from Yachats, there are the Axtell Fish
Ladders on Axtell Creek.
- Grafton, Vermont
- in southeastern VT 12 miles west of Bellows Falls where State Rte 121 turns to dirt.
This town might have been called Axtell. In 1791, Thomlinson, VT decided to auction off
the right to rename the town. Joseph Axtell [6-5] b. 1763 had the high bid of five
dollars. One legend says it was $5 and a keg of rum. Another legend says he never paid the
$5. In any case, he chose the name of his hometown, Grafton, Massachusetts.
Information about businesses and municipal organizations named Axtell came from a 1993
CD-ROM business phone listing. These things are notoriously out-of-date. For Axtell
businesses not named after a town, see Businesses named Axtell.
Please e-mail any omissions, corrections and specific origins of these place names.
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