As settlers moved west in Anderson County, close to the Coffey County line, a tall hill with the great advantage of being able to see many miles in any direction was located. This area became known as Mineral Point. In 1856 Solomon Kauffman and Joseph J. Ingliss came to Mineral Point area and settled nearby because of the high land and good view.
On the fourth of July 1857, the settlers gathered on top of the hill, which had been settled by S.S. Tipton, to celebrate the holiday. It was the first such celebration held in Reeder Township. Besides celebrating July 4th, the men formed a military company to protect the settlers from Border Ruffian and possibly an Indian attack.
Samuel Tipton built a three story house on the hill known as Mineral Point. Stone for the house was quarried from west of the site. Coal was also found nearby to use for heating and cooking. The main room downstairs contained the post office and a general store. The post office was established in Samuel S. Tipton’s home September 30, 1862, and he was the first postmaster. The family lived on the two upstairs floors. The stagecoach line ran through Mineral Point from Leavenworth through Hyatt, Cresco and to Mineral Point and then on to Dodge City.
Three miles north of the Mineral Point stagecoach stop and home of Samuel S. Tipton was the beginnings of a small town with the possibility of a railroad. In 1887 the post office was moved from the stage stop three miles north to this site and the town was named Mineral Point. Later the town’s name was changed to Amiot. The owners of the townsite were John and Albert Moler. The Kansas, Nebraska, and Dakota Railroad was to put a siding at the townsite. The town prospered for many years, but never grew much in population. In 1934 the railroad discontinued the line and the tracks were removed.
A Presbyterian Church was built two miles south of Mineral Point in 1878 at the cemetery. The church was moved to the town site sometime between 1927-1929.
The town started to prosper. John L. Knight build a general merchandise store soon after the railroad came, a depot was built. Knight became the railroad agent and held the position for over forty years. He also handled hay and grain.
A school was also built. School District No. 16 was the Amiot school. In later years, the school burned completely and to finish the school term the church was made available for use. The school was replaced where the old school once stood. The post office was discontinued in 1951.
In 1964 all remaining of Amiot was one house and the school and since then those have been torn down and there is no evidence of a town ever being located there as the landowner farms through where the town stood.
Amiot Presbyterian Church was originally built in the Amiot Cemetery two miles south of the town.