Chetopa, Kansas

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Chetopa, Kansas
Location within Labette County and Kansas
Location within Labette County and Kansas
KDOT map of Labette County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°2′15″N 95°5′31″W / 37.03750°N 95.09194°W / 37.03750; -95.09194Coordinates: 37°2′15″N 95°5′31″W / 37.03750°N 95.09194°W / 37.03750; -95.09194
CountryUnited States
Named forChief Chetopah
 • Total1.44 sq mi (3.74 km2)
 • Land1.36 sq mi (3.53 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
823 ft (251 m)
 • Total1,125
 • Estimate 
 • Density746.33/sq mi (288.17/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-12950[4]
GNIS ID0469285[5]

Chetopa is a city in Labette County, Kansas, United States. In 2010, 1,125 people lived there.[6] Chetopa was named after Chief Chetopah, an Osage Indian chief. Later, the community name was shortened.[7]

History[change | change source]

The community started as an Osage village. It was named after its Chief Chetopah, whose name in the Osage language signifies "four lodges".[8]

In 1847 a trading post to exchange goods with the Osage Nation was built here by Larkin McGhee. By the time McGhee came, there were three other Euro-American families and two families with a Euro-American husband and a Cherokee wife at Chetopa. There were also many Osage there.[9]

Chetopa was the where a September 18, 1861 battle between the 6th Kansas Cavalry under the direction of James G. Blunt and pro-slavery raiders led by John Allan Mathews happened. Mathews's wife was an Osage and was culturally identified with the Osages.[10]

The first post office in Chetopa was built in April 1867.[11] In 1880, Postmaster J.M. Cavaness removed the ending “h” in the original spelling to become Chetopa.[12]

Geography[change | change source]

Chetopa is at 37°2′15″N 95°5′31″W / 37.03750°N 95.09194°W / 37.03750; -95.09194 (37.037452, -95.091892).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.42 square miles (3.68 km2). Of that, 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[14]

Climate[change | change source]

Chetopa has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Chetopa has a humid subtropical climate. It is shortened to "Cfa" on climate maps.[15]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,018[3]−9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 1,125 people, 493 households, and 292 families living in Chetopa.[2]

2000 census[change | change source]

The 2000 census says that there were 1,281 people, 560 households, and 341 families living in Chetopa.[4]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. 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. Retrieved March 18, 2012.[dead link]
  7. Kansas Place-Names, John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, p. 435 ISBN 0-8061-0994-7
  8. Reminiscences of a trader in the Osage Country, James Edwin Finney written down by Joseph B. Thoburn Archived May 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. transcription from the History of Labette County by Nelson Case Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
  10. Kansas Memory entry on Mathews
  11. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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.
  15. Climate Summary for Chetopa, Kansas

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