Leoti, Kansas

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Leoti, Kansas
Aerial view of Leoti (2005)
Aerial view of Leoti (2005)
Location within Wichita County and Kansas
Location within Wichita County and Kansas
KDOT map of Wichita County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°29′3″N 101°21′28″W / 38.48417°N 101.35778°W / 38.48417; -101.35778Coordinates: 38°29′3″N 101°21′28″W / 38.48417°N 101.35778°W / 38.48417; -101.35778
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyWichita
Founded1885
Incorporated1887
Area
 • Total1.31 sq mi (3.39 km2)
 • Land1.31 sq mi (3.39 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
3,301 ft (1,006 m)
Population
 • Total1,534
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
1,450
 • Density1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67861
Area code620
FIPS code20-39550 [4]
GNIS ID0471498 [5]
Websiteleotikansas.org

Leoti, pronounced "Lee-OH-Tah." is a city in Wichita County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Wichita County. In 2010, 1,534 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Leoti was created in 1885.[8] It was created by a group of men from Garden City, Kansas. In 1887, it was involved in the bloodiest county seat fight in the history of the American West. The shooting was on February 27, 1887. Men—some would say hired gunmen—from Leoti, went to the nearby, rival town of Coronado. The gunmen left several people dead and wounded.[9][10]

There are disagreements about where the name "Leoti" came from: one tradition says the name is an Indian term for "prairie flower"; another says the town was named for settler Leoti Kibbee; a third says it was named for Leoti Gray, the daughter of a town creator. [11]

Geography[change | change source]

Leoti is at 38°29′3″N 101°21′28″W / 38.48417°N 101.35778°W / 38.48417; -101.35778 (38.484073, -101.357639).[12] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.31 square miles (3.39 km2). All of it is land.[1]

Weather[change | change source]

The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Leoti has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[13]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890341
1900151−55.7%
191028890.7%
192039236.1%
193061857.7%
194081632.0%
19501,25053.2%
19601,40112.1%
19701,91636.8%
19801,869−2.5%
19901,738−7.0%
20001,598−8.1%
20101,534−4.0%
Est. 20161,450[3]−5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 1,534 people, 607 households, and 419 families living in Leoti.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Leoti is served by USD 467 Wichita County Schools. The Wichita County High School mascot is Wichita County Indians.[14]

Before school unification, Leoti High School also used the Indians mascot.[15]

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 2012-07-02. 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. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. 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. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 313.
  9. "8 Wonders of Wichita County". Wichita County, KS: Wichita County. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  10. "County Seat History of Wichita County, Kansas". Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  11. "Profile for Leoti, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  12. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  13. Climate Summary for Leoti, Kansas
  14. "#467". USD 467. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  15. "Leoti 46 Lacrosse 44", Great Bend Tribune, 4 December 1966, p.5.

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