CLASS 1 RUTS AT POTWIN - Located on the north
edge of Potwin at 80 Street and Munson.
Potwin was incorporated as a town on April 8,
1885. This land, owned by Charles Potwin, whereby the town received its
name, became a station for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, instigated by
William I. Joseph, known as the Father of Potwin.
Mr. Joseph came
from West Virginia and as more settlers arrived he became interested in
a railroad to serve the area. After much diligent pursuit, the station
was built and Mr. Joseph, a land agent for Charles Potwin, began
development of a town site around the Potwin station. He opened a land
office where the Potwin grocery now stands During the time of the trail,
Potwin did not exist and was not even a campsite. The trail goers simply
passed by this spot on their way to the Whitewater River crossing
nearby. A post office was established in Ayr (an extinct town) on July
12, 1875, but it was moved to Potwin on September 22, 1885.