Jamestown, Kansas

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Jamestown, Kansas
Welcome sign, north of town (2011)
Welcome sign, north of town (2011)
Location within Cloud County and Kansas
Location within Cloud County and Kansas
KDOT map of Cloud County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°36′0″N 97°51′42″W / 39.60000°N 97.86167°W / 39.60000; -97.86167Coordinates: 39°36′0″N 97°51′42″W / 39.60000°N 97.86167°W / 39.60000; -97.86167
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyCloud
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
Area
 • Total0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Land0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,434 ft (437 m)
Population
 • Total286
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
277
 • Density990/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66948
Area code785
FIPS code20-34975 [4]
GNIS ID0473308 [5]

Jamestown is a city in Cloud County, Kansas, United States. In 2010, 286 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

Jamestown was created in 1878. It was incorporated as a city in 1883.[7] It was named after either Senator James Pomeroy,[8] or James P. Pomeroy, a railroad official.[9][10][11] A post office was opened in Alva (a ghost town) in 1871, but it was moved to Jamestown in 1878.[12] The town moved itself to the Missouri Pacific Railroad.[13]

1911 fire[change | change source]

In 1911 the entire downtown business area was destroyed by a fire. Few records remain of that fire, but the townspeople rebuilt the downtown commercial area.[14]

2000 fire[change | change source]

On January 28, 2000, another fire burned several buildings on Main Street. It spread to the city hall. The town rebuilt. Mayor Judy Hill said, "A fire like that can destroy a small town, but instead it ignited a community spirit here." In a few days, Jamestown was having town meetings to make plans for the future.[15]

Geography[change | change source]

Jamestown is at 39°36′0″N 97°51′42″W / 39.60000°N 97.86167°W / 39.60000; -97.86167 (39.600031, -97.861759).[16] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2). All of it is land.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880101
1890372268.3%
19004007.5%
191046215.5%
19204957.1%
19305072.4%
1940490−3.4%
19504940.8%
1960422−14.6%
197047011.4%
1980440−6.4%
1990325−26.1%
200039922.8%
2010286−28.3%
Est. 2016277[3]−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 286 people, 126 households, and 84 families living in Jamestown.[2]

Media[change | change source]

The Jamestown Settler was a newspaper that was published from 1977 until 1983. It published once per week.[17] Other papers were published from time to time, including The Kansas Optimist from 1904 until 1965[18] and The Quill from 1888-1890.[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. 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. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  7. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History. Standard Publishing Company. p. 20.
  8. Hollibaugh, E. F. (1903). Biographical History of Cloud County, Kansas: Biographies of Representative Citizens. Illustrated with Portraits of Prominent People, Cuts of Homes, Stock, Etc. Wilson, Humphrey & Company. p. 736.
  9. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 163.
  10. "Profile for Jamestown, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  11. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 168.
  12. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  13. Gannett, Henry (1898). A Gazetteer of Kansas. Govt. Print. Off. p. 118.
  14. Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development
  15. Huck Boyd, cont.
  16. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  17. "About The Jamestown settler. (Jamestown, Kan.) 1977-1983". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  18. "About The Kansas optimist (Jamestown, Kan.) 1904-1965". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  19. "About The quill. (Jamestown, Kan.) 1888-1890". National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved May 29, 2018.

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