Alma, Kansas

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Alma, Kansas
Brandt Hotel (2017)
Nickname(s): 
"City of Native Stone Set in the Foothills"[1]
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
KDOT map of Wabaunsee County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°0′56″N 96°17′21″W / 39.01556°N 96.28917°W / 39.01556; -96.28917Coordinates: 39°0′56″N 96°17′21″W / 39.01556°N 96.28917°W / 39.01556; -96.28917
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyWabaunsee
Incorporated1869[2]
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorMaurice Baker
Area
 • Total0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Land0.58 sq mi (1.51 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
1,106 ft (337 m)
Population
 • Total832
 • Estimate 
(2018)[5]
779
 • Density1,331.62/sq mi (514.46/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
66401, 66501
Area code785
FIPS code20-01350 [6]
GNIS ID0476598 [7]
WebsiteCity Website

Alma is a city in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States.[8] It is also the county seat of Wabaunsee County. In 2010, 832 people lived there.[9]

History[change | change source]

19th century[change | change source]

Missouri Street in Alma (1901)

The first house in Alma was built in 1867.[10]

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a railroad from Topeka through Alma to Herington.[11] The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway closed in 1891. It was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980. This railroad of the former Rock Island Railroad was sold to the Southern Pacific Railroad. The Southern Pacific Railroad later merged into the Union Pacific. Union Pacific operates and owns the railroad today. Most locals still call this railroad the "Rock Island".

The city was named after either the city of Alma, Germany, or for a stream in Ukraine.[12]

Geography[change | change source]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2). Of that, 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[13]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880362
18901,125210.8%
1900966−14.1%
19101,0104.6%
1920789−21.9%
19308112.8%
1940776−4.3%
1950716−7.7%
196083817.0%
19709058.0%
19809252.2%
1990871−5.8%
2000797−8.5%
20108324.4%
2018 (est.)779[5]−6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1915 Railroad Map of Wabaunsee County

Alma is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 832 people, 342 households, and 212 families living in Alma.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "City of Alma, Kansas". City of Alma, Kansas. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "City of Alma". The League of Kansas Municipalities. May 26, 2019.
  3. "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Nov 1, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  9. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  10. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 65.
  11. "Rock Island Rail History". Archived from the original on 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-04-18.
  12. "Profile for Alma, Kansas, KS". ePodunk. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  13. "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.

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