Altoona, Kansas

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Altoona, Kansas
Location within Wilson County and Kansas
Location within Wilson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Wilson County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°31′36″N 95°39′43″W / 37.52667°N 95.66194°W / 37.52667; -95.66194Coordinates: 37°31′36″N 95°39′43″W / 37.52667°N 95.66194°W / 37.52667; -95.66194
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyWilson
Founded1869
Incorporated1887
Named forAltoona, Pennsylvania
Area
 • Total0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Land0.53 sq mi (1.38 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
830 ft (250 m)
Population
 • Total414
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
380
 • Density770/sq mi (300/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66710
Area code620
FIPS code20-01625 [4]
GNIS ID0475090 [5]

Altoona is a city in Wilson County, Kansas, United States. it is along the Verdigris River. In 2010, 414 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

Altoona was first called Geddesburg when it was created in 1869. It was renamed Altoona in 1870. It was named after Altoona, Pennsylvania.[7][8] The first post office in Altoona was created in April 1870.[9]

Altoona grew a lot when a railroad was built through it in 1885.[10]

As of 1916, Altoona was a sundown town, which is a town where black people were not allowed to live.[11][12]

Geography[change | change source]

Altoona is at 37°31′36″N 95°39′43″W / 37.52667°N 95.66194°W / 37.52667; -95.66194 (37.526796, -95.661903).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.55 square miles (1.42 km2). All of it is land.[14]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890265
190029912.8%
19101,462389.0%
19201,016−30.5%
1930839−17.4%
1940707−15.7%
1950482−31.8%
19604901.7%
1970475−3.1%
198056418.7%
1990456−19.1%
20004856.4%
2010414−14.6%
Est. 2018380[3]−8.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 414 people, 165 households, and 111 families living in Altoona.[2]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "2018 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Nov 1, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  7. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 314.
  8. Duncan, L. Wallace (1902). History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas. Monitor Printing Company. p. 881.
  9. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  10. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. pp. 66–67.
  11. "News and Comment". The Coffeyville Daily Journal. Coffeyville, Kansas. October 12, 1916. p. 3 – via Newspapers.com. In trying to prove that a negro wasn't killed in Altoona last week Editor Butcher of the Tribune says 'Negroes are not allowed to live in Altoona.' Clad Thompson believes that one wasn't.
  12. "Wise and Otherwise". The Freedonia Daily Herald. Fredonia, Kansas. October 14, 1916. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com. Commenting on the complaint of the Altoona Tribune that a negro killing had been credited to Altoona when it should have read North Altoona, and the further suggestion by the Tribune that negroes are not allowed to live in Altoona, the Kansas City Star says neither are they allowed to live in North Altoona, evidently.
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.

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