Cherryvale, Kansas

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Cherryvale, Kansas
Location within Montgomery County and Kansas
Location within Montgomery County and Kansas
KDOT map of Montgomery County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°16′5″N 95°33′3″W / 37.26806°N 95.55083°W / 37.26806; -95.55083Coordinates: 37°16′5″N 95°33′3″W / 37.26806°N 95.55083°W / 37.26806; -95.55083
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.92 sq mi (4.97 km2)
 • Land1.90 sq mi (4.92 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total2,367
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,200/sq mi (480/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-12925 [4]
GNIS ID0469813 [5]

Cherryvale is a city in Montgomery County, Kansas, United States.[6] In 2010, 2,367 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Cherryvale was created on the land of the Osage Indians. The Osage had to leave because veterans of the American Civil War were looking for land. The first white man to buy land and settle in Cherryvale was Mr. Abe Eaton. He later sold his land to the Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern Kansas Railroad. That railroad became the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railway. It then became the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, which used the line for much of the 20th century. The town site was platted by the railroad in 1871.[8] It was named Cherryvale because of its place in the valley of Cherry Creek.[9]

Between 1871 and 1873, at least eleven people disappeared in an inn and general store operated by the Bender family. It was about eight miles (13 km) northeast of Cherryvale. After the Benders disappeared in 1873, it was found that they had killed many travelers. Between eight and eleven bodies were found buried in the area. Governor Thomas A. Osborn offered a reward of $2,000 for anyone who could find and catch the Benders, but they were never found.[10][11]

The main part of the town was destroyed by fire in 1873, but was soon rebuilt. In 1880, Cherryvale became was incorporated. Natural gas was found here in 1889. Oil was found several years later.[6]

Geography[change | change source]

Cherryvale is at 37°16′5″N 95°33′3″W / 37.26806°N 95.55083°W / 37.26806; -95.55083 (37.268010, -95.550778).[12] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.92 square miles (4.97 km2). Of that, 1.90 square miles (4.92 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1] Is self-described as the "Gateway to Big Hill Lake."

Climate[change | change source]

Cherryvale has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Cherryvale has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[13]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)2,190[3]−7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 2,367 people, 930 households, and 615 families living in Cherryvale.[2]

Famous people[change | change source]

1891 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway route map from Grain Dealers and Shippers Gazetteer.

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. "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. 6.0 6.1 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Cherryvale" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 6 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 85.
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 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. 323.
  9. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 243.
  10. "Bender Knife". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  11. Potter, Tim. "The Bloody Benders: 140-year-old crime scene still fascinates today". Wichita Eagle. August 24, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  12. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  13. Climate Summary for Cherryvale, Kansas
  14. Frank E. Bellamy 1876-1915
  15. Case for the Pledge of Allegiance; Kansas Historical Society
  16. "Joyce Long is debating history"; The Morning Sun; July 8, 2012.
  17. "A Kansas Schoolboy Wrote Our Pledge of Loyalty to the Flag"; Kansas City Star; April 1917.

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