Bronson, Kansas

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Bronson, Kansas
Location within Bourbon County and Kansas
Location within Bourbon County and Kansas
KDOT map of Bourbon County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°53′48″N 95°4′21″W / 37.89667°N 95.07250°W / 37.89667; -95.07250Coordinates: 37°53′48″N 95°4′21″W / 37.89667°N 95.07250°W / 37.89667; -95.07250
CountryUnited States of America
StateKansas
CountyBourbon
Founded1880s
Incorporated1881
Named forIra Bronson
Area
 • Total0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
 • Land0.43 sq mi (1.11 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,070 ft (330 m)
Population
 • Total323
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
312
 • Density750/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66716 [4]
Area code620
FIPS code20-08475 [5]
GNIS ID0474525 [6]

Bronson is a city in Bourbon County, Kansas, United States. In 2010, 323 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Bronson was created in the 1880s. The first store and post office opened in September 1881.[8] The city used to be named Wilsonville. It was renamed after Ira Bronson, a Fort Scott attorney.[9] Bronson was moved to its current place when the Missouri Pacific Railroad passed the original town.[10]

Midway between Fort Scott and Iola on the highway and railroad, it became an important shipping and supply place for the agricultural area. Growth was slow but steady. In 1912, Bronson had two banks, an international money-order post office with four rural routes, express and telegraph offices, telephone connections, the semi-weekly Bronson Pilot newspaper, a downtown retail district, and public schools. [11]

In 1910 Bronson had the world's first horseshoe pitch tournament.[12]

Geography[change | change source]

Bronson is at 37°53′48″N 95°4′21″W / 37.89667°N 95.07250°W / 37.89667; -95.07250 (37.896562, -95.072520).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.43 square miles (1.11 km2). All of it is land.[1] U.S. Route 54 intersects K-3 on Bronson's east side.[14]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890352
19003612.6%
191059564.8%
1920590−0.8%
1930450−23.7%
1940421−6.4%
1950415−1.4%
1960354−14.7%
197039712.1%
19804144.3%
1990343−17.1%
20003460.9%
2010323−6.6%
2016 (est.)312[3]−3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 323 people, 131 households, and 83 families living in Bronson.[2]

2000 census[change | change source]

The 2000 census says that there were 346 people, 147 households, and 93 families living in Bronson.[5]

Education[change | change source]

Bronson is a part of USD 235 Uniontown. The Uniontown High School mascot is Eagles.[15]

Famous people[change | change source]

  • Jonathan M. Davis, Kansas state representative, senator, and 22nd Kansas governor; born, raised and buried in Bronson.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  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 9, 2017.
  4. United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  8. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 235. ISBN 9780722249055.
  9. Rydjord, John (1972). Kansas Place-Names. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. p. 497. ISBN 0-8061-0994-7.
  10. "Many Towns Have Disappeared". The Fort Scott Tribune. Jul 16, 1976. pp. 2C. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  11. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. ISBN 9780722249055.
  12. Becker, Sharon R. "Frank Elroy Jackson; Kellerton, Iowa". Welcome to Ringgold County. Iowa Gen Web Project. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. DeLorme. Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. 4th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2009, p. 66. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.
  15. "Uniontown USD 235". USD 235. Retrieved 4 January 2017.

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