Hill City, Kansas

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Hill City, Kansas
Location within Graham County and Kansas
Location within Graham County and Kansas
KDOT map of Graham County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°22′2″N 99°50′44″W / 39.36722°N 99.84556°W / 39.36722; -99.84556Coordinates: 39°22′2″N 99°50′44″W / 39.36722°N 99.84556°W / 39.36722; -99.84556
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyGraham
Founded1876
Platted1878
Incorporated1888
Named forW.R. Hill
Area
 • Total1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
2,185 ft (666 m)
Population
 • Total1,474
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
1,455
 • Density1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67642
Area code785
FIPS code20-32175 [4]
GNIS ID0472209 [5]
Websitediscoverhillcity.com

Hill City is a city in Graham County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Graham County. In 2010, 1,474 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

The first settlement at Hill City was made in 1876. This makes it the oldest town in Graham County.[8] The community was named after W. R. Hill, a first settler.[9] Hill City was platted in 1878.[10] The first post office in Hill City was created in September 1878.[11] Hill City was designated county seat in 1880.[8] By 1915, Hill City had 647 people living there.[12]

Geography[change | change source]

Hill City located at 39°22′02″N 99°50′44″W / 39.367319°N 99.845558°W / 39.367319; -99.845558 (39.367319, -99.845558).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2). All of it is land.[1]

Weather[change | change source]

On June 26, 2012 the temperature reached 115 °F (46 °C), breaking the June record tied just 2 days earlier. It was the hottest city in the United States for four days in a row it had temperatures of 114°, 111°, 115°, and 115 °F (46°, 44°, 46°, and 46 °C).[14][15]

On June 9, 2005 a large tornado passed 1 mile south of Hill City.[16] A large tornado hit just north of the city on June 20, 2011.[17]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890545
1900468−14.1%
1910983110.0%
1920732−25.5%
19301,02740.3%
19401,1158.6%
19501,43228.4%
19602,42169.1%
19702,071−14.5%
19802,028−2.1%
19901,835−9.5%
20001,604−12.6%
20101,474−8.1%
Est. 20161,455[3]−1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 1,474 people, 669 households, and 404 families living in Hill City.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Hill City is served by USD 281 Graham County. The district high school is in Hill City. The Hill City High School mascot is Ringnecks.[18]

The Hill City Ringnecks have won the following Kansas State High School championships:

  • 1969 Boys Track & Field - Class 2A [19]
  • 1970 Boys Basketball - Class 2A [20]
  • 1970 Boys Track & Field - Class 2A [19]
  • 1971 Boys Track & Field - Class 2A [19]
  • 1976 Girls Basketball - Class 2A [20]
  • 1976 Girls Track & Field - Class 2A [19]
  • 1978 Boys Basketball - Class 2A [20]
  • 1978 Boys Track & Field - Class 2A [19]
  • 1979 Boys Track & Field - Class 2A [19]
  • 1997 Boys Track & Field - Class 2A [19]
  • 1998 Boys Basketball - Class 2A [20]

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 January 12, 2012. 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 May 31, 2011. 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 March 27, 2011.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 844.
  9. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 156.
  10. "Origin of Town Names" (PDF). Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance. p. 5. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  11. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  12. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 196.
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. Cities as Hot as Death Valley; Weather Channel; June 27, 2012 Archived June 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  15. Hill City Nation's hot spot for four days in a row; The Wichita Eagle; June 28, 2012.
  16. Tornado passed near Hill City, Kansas on June 9, 2005
  17. Center, Storm Prediction. "Storm Prediction Center Storm Reports Page". www.spc.noaa.gov. Retrieved 2020-07-21.
  18. "Graham County USD 281". USD 281. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 "Track & Field". KSHSAA. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 "Basketball". KSHSAA. Retrieved 3 January 2017.

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