Eureka, Kansas

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Eureka, Kansas
Main street in Eureka (2012)
Main street in Eureka (2012)
Location within Greenwood County and Kansas
Location within Greenwood County and Kansas
KDOT map of Greenwood County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°49′22″N 96°17′22″W / 37.82278°N 96.28944°W / 37.82278; -96.28944Coordinates: 37°49′22″N 96°17′22″W / 37.82278°N 96.28944°W / 37.82278; -96.28944[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyGreenwood
Founded1857
Platted1867
Incorporated1870 [2]
Named forEureka
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorTerry Doerr
Area
 • Total2.28 sq mi (5.91 km2)
 • Land2.28 sq mi (5.91 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,079 ft (329 m)
Population
 • Total2,633
 • Estimate 
(2016)[5]
2,410
 • Density1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67045
Area code620
FIPS code20-21800[1][6]
GNIS ID474640[1]
Websiteeurekaks.org

Eureka is a city Greenwood County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is also the county seat of Greenwood County. In 2010, 2,633 people lived there;[7] by 2015, only 2,450 lived there.[8]

History[change | change source]

In 1857, the first settlement at Eureka was built.[9] The first post office in Eureka was created in August 1858.[10] Eureka was laid out in 1867, and it was incorporated in 1870.[9] The city is named after the Greek expression Eureka, meaning "I have found it".[11]

2016 tornado[change | change source]

An EF2 tornado hit Eureka on July 7, 2016 at 9:45 pm. More than 143 total buildings, including at least 50 homes, businesses, a nursing home, and grain elevator, were damaged. No people were injured.[12][13][14]

2018 tornado[change | change source]

An EF3 tornado hit Eureka on June 26, 2018 at 7:21 pm (daylight). 175 buildings were damaged or destroyed. 78 homes were damaged (12 not livable, 10 totaled). 8 people were injured.[15]

Geography[change | change source]

Eureka is at 37°49′22″N 96°17′22″W / 37.82278°N 96.28944°W / 37.82278; -96.28944 (37.822745, −96.289583).[16] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 2.28 square miles (5.91 km2). All of it is land.[3]

Climate[change | change source]

Eureka has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Eureka has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[17]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,127
18902,259100.4%
19002,091−7.4%
19102,33311.6%
19202,60611.7%
19303,69841.9%
19403,8032.8%
19503,9584.1%
19604,0552.5%
19703,576−11.8%
19803,425−4.2%
19902,974−13.2%
20002,914−2.0%
20102,633−9.6%
Est. 20162,410[5]−8.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 2,633 people, 1,171 households, and 663 families living in Eureka.[4]

Transportation[change | change source]

Airport[change | change source]

Eureka Municipal Airport is a city-owned, public-use airport. It is two nautical miles (4 km) north of the central business district of Eureka.[18]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Eureka, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "City of Eureka". The League of Kansas Municipalities. May 28, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  8. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 599.
  10. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828–1961 (archive)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  11. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 122.
  12. Tornado mangles homes, nursing center in Eureka; The Wichita-Eagle; July 7, 2016.
  13. Tornado hits Eureka, homes and businesses hit, search underway; KSN tv; July 7, 2016.
  14. Nearly 150 structures damaged in Eureka as tornado cleanup continues; KSN tv; July 9, 2016.
  15. "EF-3 tornado hits Eureka, damages 78 homes and injures 8". The Wichita Eagle. June 27, 2018. Archived from the original on June 28, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  16. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  17. Climate Summary for Eureka, Kansas
  18. FAA Airport Master Record for 13K (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  19. "WHITTAKER, Robert Russell, (1939 – )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 4, 2012.

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