Lyons, Kansas

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Lyons, Kansas
Location within Rice County and Kansas
Location within Rice County and Kansas
KDOT map of Rice County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°20′42″N 98°12′9″W / 38.34500°N 98.20250°W / 38.34500; -98.20250Coordinates: 38°20′42″N 98°12′9″W / 38.34500°N 98.20250°W / 38.34500; -98.20250
CountryUnited States
TownshipAtlanta & Harrison
Named forFreeman Lyons
 • Total2.36 sq mi (6.11 km2)
 • Land2.36 sq mi (6.11 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,680 ft (510 m)
 • Total3,739
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,600/sq mi (610/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-43525 [4]
GNIS ID0475805 [5]

Lyons is a city in Rice County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Rice County. In 2010, 3,739 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

1915 Railroad Map of Rice County

Lyons was originally called Atlanta, and it was created in 1870. Its name changed to Lyons in 1876, in honor of Freeman J. Lyons.[8]

In 1878, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and people from Marion County and McPherson County started the Marion and McPherson Railway Company.[9] In 1879, a railroad was built from Florence to McPherson. In 1880, it was extended to Lyons. In 1881, it was extended to Ellinwood.[10] The line was controlled by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The line from Florence to Marion, was left in 1968.[11] In 1992, the line from Marion to McPherson was sold to Central Kansas Railway. In 1993, because of heavy flood damage, the line from Marion to McPherson was left. The original branch line connected Florence, Marion, Canada, Hillsboro, Lehigh, Canton, Galva, McPherson, Conway, Windom, Little River, Mitchell, Lyons, Chase, and Ellinwood.

Lyons was incorporated as a city in 1880, the same year the railroad was built through it.[12]

In 1890, the Western Salt Company built its first shaft to mine salt in Lyons.[13]

In the 1970s, the federal government was interested in using a local area to bury high-level nuclear waste.[14]

Geography[change | change source]

Lyons is at 38°20′42″N 98°12′9″W / 38.34500°N 98.20250°W / 38.34500; -98.20250 (38.344962, -98.202493).[15] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 2.36 square miles (6.11 km2). All of it is land.[1]

Weather[change | change source]

The Köppen climate classification says that Lyons has a humid continental climate, Dfa on climate maps. [16]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20183,511[3]−6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 3,739 people, 1,503 households, and 952 families living in Lyons.[2]

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 November 2, 2019.
  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. 272.
  9. Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.
  10. Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners for the Year Ending December 1, 1886 in State of Kansas; Kansas Publishing House; 1886.
  11. Railway Abandonment 1968
  12. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 199.
  13. One of World's Largest Salt Producting Centers on Frisco Lines at Lyons, Kansas; The Frisco Employes' Magazine; November 1926.
  14. Brown, Taylor Kate. (March 6, 2014). "The radiation leak site that wants more nuclear waste". BBC website Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  15. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  16. Climate Summary for Lyons, Kansas
  17. "Borah, William Edgar, (1865-1940)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. U.S. Congress. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  18. "Candidate profile: Rep. Marshall Christmann". McPherson Sentinel. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  19. "James Lee Fankhauser". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  20. Harrold, Michael C. (2009). "Orville Harrold - An American in New York Opera's Golden Era". MusicWeb. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  21. Nelson, Valerie J. (2006-01-01). "James Pulliam, 80; Architect, Teacher Noted for Modernism". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  22. "Marcia Rodd". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  23. "Jerry Cox Vasconcells". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  24. Clarkin, Mary (2014-03-01). "Candidate Wolf drawing light financial backing from hometown Lyons". The Hutchinson News. Retrieved 2016-06-16.

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