Good ol’ Buttermilk, Kansas. I have seen this name on maps for years but still haven’t been there. My mom’s good friend drove through on her way to Oklahoma once and made sure to mention it to me for the unusual name.
Located in southern Comanche County, Buttermilk is about 1o miles south of Coldwater on Hwy 1. According to Wikipedia, nearby is the site of the Big Gyp Cave Pictograph, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Apparently Buttermilk never had a post office, although Avilla, a small community in the same vicinity, did for a little over 10 years in the late 1800s. There was a baseball team, at least in the 1950s, according to a photo I found online.
I don’t know how it got its name, whether the church is still there or if any signs are left, but because of the odd name I’m sure it will remain on maps for years to come.
Note: this content was originally posted on my old Blogger site “The Nystagmus Zone, Volume 3.”