Erie, Kansas

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Erie, Kansas
Beantown USA
Location within Neosho County and Kansas
Location within Neosho County and Kansas
KDOT map of Neosho County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°34′7″N 95°14′33″W / 37.56861°N 95.24250°W / 37.56861; -95.24250Coordinates: 37°34′7″N 95°14′33″W / 37.56861°N 95.24250°W / 37.56861; -95.24250
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorDarrell Bauer[1]
 • Total1.21 sq mi (3.13 km2)
 • Land1.21 sq mi (3.13 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
896 ft (273 m)
 • Total1,150
 • Estimate 
 • Density950/sq mi (370/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-21500[5]
GNIS ID0475122[6]

Erie is a city in Neosho County, Kansas, United States.[7] It is also the county seat of Neosho County. Erie is in the valley of the Neosho River, about a mile Northeast of the river. In 2010, 1,150 people lived there.[8]

History[change | change source]

A settlement called "Erie", later referred to as "Old Erie" and "Beantown USA", was platted 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the present townsite. Another community, known as Crawfordsville, was started two miles northeast of the current place. In 1866, the creators of these two towns decided to leave the towns and combine with the settlement at the current Erie site. Four men gave 40 acres each, that butted together, out of their 160-acre shares, to create the city plat of Erie. These men were: David W. Bray, Luther Puckett, John F. Himmelwright and Peter Walter.[9] In November 1866, the Erie Town Company was created. Each member of this company gave forty acres of land in the center of Section 32, Township 28, Range 20 east.[10] Each member was to buy city plots and improve them.[11]

Erie's first fire company was created in November 1866; its charter members were the men who had gave the land on which the community was built. The first log home in Erie was built in 1866. The first businesses were built in 1867. By 1883, the city had two general stores, two blacksmith shops, one drug store, two hotels, one newspaper office, two churches, and more than 300 people living in the city.[10]

Erie was incorporated on December 25, 1869. On December 30, the trustees met and said Erie was a 3rd class city.[12]

In 1872, Erie was chosen to be the county seat of Neosho County. They defeated "Osage Mission" (later renamed Saint Paul) in an election to decide the county seat. A lawsuit was filed, and it reached the Kansas Supreme Court. The court said Erie would still be county seat.[10]

Geography[change | change source]

Erie is at 37°34′7″N 95°14′33″W / 37.56861°N 95.24250°W / 37.56861; -95.24250 (37.568548, -95.242562).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.21 square miles (3.13 km2). All of it is land.[2]

Climate[change | change source]

Erie has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Erie has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,091[4]−5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 1,150 people, 463 households, and 312 families living in Erie.[3]

Education[change | change source]

The Unified School District 101 (USD 101) serves Erie, Galesburg, Stark, and Parsons in Neosho County.[15] On September 18, 2007 the district passed a $21.9 million bond issue. They built a new high school in Erie. It opened for classes in the Fall 2010 semester.[16][17]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Directory of Kansas Public Officials for Erie Kansas". Archived from the original on 5 May 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. 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. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  9. Beantown, USA: The History of Erie, Kansas (1866-2014 and Neosho County, Kansas Old Soldiers' and Sailors' Reunion, Mem-Erie Historical Society, Ralph Bowman, editor, publisher: Steuben Press,, pg.15
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Cutler, William. "Neosho County, Part 3: Erie". History of the State of Kansas. A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  11. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 251.
  12. "Neosho Country Planning Area Profile and Capabilities, City of Erie Overview" (PDF). Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. Climate Summary for Erie, Kansas
  15. "USD 101 Erie". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  16. "Erie High School Construction". Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  17. "Interview with Allan Milbradt, Erie High School Architect". Retrieved 7 July 2010.

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