Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

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Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
Chase County Courthouse designed by Kansas State Capitol architect John G. Haskell
Location within Chase County and Kansas
Location within Chase County and Kansas
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°22′5″N 96°32′35″W / 38.36806°N 96.54306°W / 38.36806; -96.54306Coordinates: 38°22′5″N 96°32′35″W / 38.36806°N 96.54306°W / 38.36806; -96.54306
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyChase
TownshipFalls
Founded1859
Incorporated1872 [1]
Named forFalls on Cottonwood River
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorBuddy Sisson
Area
 • Total0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Land0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,204 ft (367 m)
Population
 • Total903
 • Estimate 
(2016)[4]
869
 • Density1,500/sq mi (580/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66845
Area code620
FIPS code20-15900 [5]
GNIS ID0477262 [6]
Websitecwfks.org

Cottonwood Falls is the biggest city of Chase County, Kansas. It is also the county seat of Chase County. In 2010, 903 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Looking northward toward the business district, as seen from Courthouse steps (2009)

The first settlement in the Cottonwood Falls area was in 1854. An Indian trader named Seth Hayes created a cattle ranch on the Cottonwood River. In 1859, the area around the town was organized as Chase County. Cottonwood Falls was chosen to be the temporary county seat.[8] Other early people came in Cottonwood and nearby land from 1856 to 1858.[9]

The first post office in Cottonwood Falls was created in 1858.[10] In 1873, the city's French Renaissance style Chase County courthouse was built. Around the same time, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway reached Cottonwood Falls area. Through the late 19th century and early 20th century the area around the city was mostly farms and cattle ranches.

Geography[change | change source]

1914 bridge over Cottonwood River in Cottonwood Falls (2012)

Cottonwood Falls is at 38°22′5″N 96°32′35″W / 38.36806°N 96.54306°W / 38.36806; -96.54306 (38.368159, -96.542918).[11] It is in the Flint Hills of the Great Plains. The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.60 square miles (1.55 km2). Of that, 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[2]

Climate[change | change source]

Cottonwood Falls has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Cottonwood Falls has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880518
189077048.6%
19008429.4%
19108996.8%
19201,04416.1%
1930963−7.8%
19401,07811.9%
1950957−11.2%
19609711.5%
19709871.6%
1980954−3.3%
1990889−6.8%
20009668.7%
2010903−6.5%
Est. 2016869[4]−3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

Cottonwood Falls is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 903 people, 342 households, and 205 families living in Cottonwood Falls.[3]

Education[change | change source]

Cottonwood Falls is part of Unified School District 284.[13][14]

Infrastructure[change | change source]

Transportation[change | change source]

K-177 highway goes north-south through the city. Chase County Airport, FAA:9K0,[15] is south-east of 8th St and Airport Rd.[16]

Things to see[change | change source]

Cottonwood Falls has five things on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Famous people[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "City of Cottonwood Falls". The League of Kansas Municipalities. May 26, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. "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 March 6, 2011.
  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. 459.
  9. William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/chase/chase-co-p1.html
  10. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  11. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. Climate Summary for Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
  13. USD 284
  14. Kansas School District Boundary Map Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  15. Chase County Airport map
  16. Chase County Airport information Archived 2010-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  17. National Register of Historic Places - Cartter Building
  18. National Register of Historic Places - Chase County Courthouse
  19. National Register of Historic Places - Chase County National Bank
  20. National Register of Historic Places - Cottonwood River Bridge
  21. Cottonwood Falls Dam & Bridge - Kansas Travel
  22. National Register of Historic Places - Samuel N Wood House
  23. Kansas Historical Marker - A Landmark Of Distinction
  24. Chase Lake Falls - Kansas Travel
  25. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1933,' Biographical Sketch of Harley A. Martin, pg. 253

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