Girard, Kansas

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Girard, Kansas
Girard Press Office (2012)
Girard Press Office (2012)
Location within Crawford County and Kansas
Location within Crawford County and Kansas
KDOT map of Crawford County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°30′37″N 94°50′39″W / 37.51028°N 94.84417°W / 37.51028; -94.84417Coordinates: 37°30′37″N 94°50′39″W / 37.51028°N 94.84417°W / 37.51028; -94.84417
CountryUnited States
Named forGirard, Pennsylvania
 • Total2.44 sq mi (6.32 km2)
 • Land2.40 sq mi (6.22 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
981 ft (299 m)
 • Total2,789
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,100/sq mi (440/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-26300 [4]
GNIS ID0469732 [5]

Girard is a city in Crawford County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Crawford County. In 2010, 2,789 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Crawford County Courthouse (2012)

Girard was created in the spring of 1868. It was named after the town of Girard, Pennsylvania, the old home of Charles Strong.[8] It was built around a railroad line of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad. They built it there to try to gain an advantage over its rival, Crawfordsville.[9][10]

The first post office in Girard was created in September 1868.[11]

The first celebration in Girard happened on July 4, 1868, marking Sunday school and Independence Day. Under a law passed in March 1871, Girard became a third class city. In early April the first city officers were elected. The last meeting of the trustees was held April 5, and the first meeting of the new Council was held on April 7.[12]

In May 2003, four people were killed and over a dozen injured by the biggest tornado in Crawford County. At least ten people died in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri.[13] The Girard tornado was first rated as an F4, but is a strong candidate for an upgrade to F5 status.[14]

Geography[change | change source]

Girard is at 37°30′37″N 94°50′39″W / 37.51028°N 94.84417°W / 37.51028; -94.84417 (37.510204, -94.844157).[15] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 2.44 square miles (6.32 km2). Of that, 2.40 square miles (6.22 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)2,748[3]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

Stores on the town square (2012)

The 2010 census says that there were 2,789 people, 1,080 households, and 710 families living in Girard.[2]

Media[change | change source]

Hometown Girard is the local newspaper. It started on February 15, 2013.[16] It is published every two weeks.[17]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  8. Strong, Doug. Dr. Charles Strong.
  9. Cutler, William (1883). History of the State of Kansas. A. T. Andreas of Chicago IL.
  10. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 750. ISBN 9780722249055.
  11. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  12. "Crawford County Towns & Coal Camps". Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  13. "Tornado Stories". Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  14. "May 4th, 2003 Tornado Outbreak". American Weather. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  15. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  16. About Hometown Girard
  17. "Hometown Girard". Hometown Girard. Retrieved 6 November 2015.

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