Gas, Kansas

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Gas, Kansas
"Gas Kan"- shaped Watertower in Gas (2012)
"Gas Kan"- shaped Watertower in Gas (2012)
Motto(s): 
"Don't Pass Gas, Stop and Enjoy It"[1]
Location within Allen County and Kansas
Location within Allen County and Kansas
KDOT map of Allen County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°55′26″N 95°20′46″W / 37.92389°N 95.34611°W / 37.92389; -95.34611Coordinates: 37°55′26″N 95°20′46″W / 37.92389°N 95.34611°W / 37.92389; -95.34611
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyAllen
TownshipElm
Area
 • Total0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Land0.73 sq mi (1.89 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,024 ft (312 m)
Population
 • Total564
 • Estimate 
(2018)[4]
505
 • Density770/sq mi (300/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66742
Area code620
FIPS code20-25975 [5]
GNIS ID0474510 [6]

Gas is a city in the northwestern part of Allen County, in southeast Kansas, in the Central United States. In 2010, 564 people lived there.[7] The city was named for the natural gas that was found in the area.[8]

History[change | change source]

In the summer of 1898 in Elm Township, E.K. Taylor sold 60 acres (24 ha) of his farm to some spelter companies when natural gas was found in the area. This was the beginning of "Gas City". The place grew quickly. In 1910 the population was 1,281, and the city had a bank, a daily and a weekly newspaper, an opera house, an international money order postoffice (first opened in August 1899[9]).[10]

Geography[change | change source]

Gas is at 37°55′26″N 95°20′46″W / 37.92389°N 95.34611°W / 37.92389; -95.34611 (37.923851, -95.346168).[11] It is along U.S. Route 54 in Elm Township. Gas is about three miles (5 km) east of Iola (the county seat) and 2½ miles west of the city of La Harpe. The interchange between U.S. Routes 54 and 169 is about two miles (3 km) west of Gas.

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2). All of it is land.[2]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19101,281
1920367−71.4%
1930326−11.2%
19403579.5%
1950294−17.6%
196034216.3%
197043828.1%
198054324.0%
1990505−7.0%
200055610.1%
20105641.4%
Est. 2018505[4]−10.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

In the 2010 census, there were 564 people, 216 households, and 149 families living in Gas.[3]

2000 census[change | change source]

In 2000, there were 556 people, 217 households, and 167 families living in Gas.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Griffin, Pete (May 26, 2011). "What's In a Name? Slogans Can Make or Break a City, Experts Say". Fox News. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  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 March 14, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "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 April 6, 2011.
  8. "Profile for Gas, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  9. "Kansas Post Offices Database". Kansas State Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-12-15. Containing information taken from Baughman, Robert W. Kansas Post Offices, May 29, 1828–August 3, 1961. Kansas Postal History Society.
  10. Frank W. Blackmar, ed. (1912). "Gas". Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc ... I. Chicago: Standard Pub Co. p. 713. Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
  11. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.

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