Kent was first established in the early 1890s and originally known as Antelope as the animal was common there. In 1892, a post office with the name Kent opened, but it was never actually used. The following year it was reopened with John Charles Rickli as postmaster. By 1914 Kent had developed to a small town of about 25, with four cattle breeders and a general store. A decade later, the population had doubled - where it remained for the next forty years.

In 1960, the Kent post office closed, followed by the school the next year. However, in the late 1960s Kent had a reported population of 65 - though by the mid-1970s it dropped to about sixty where it remained for several years. The store remained open until at least the late-2000s, but by my 2018 visit the town seemed deserted.