Seneca, Kansas

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Seneca, Kansas
Location within Nemaha County and Kansas
Location within Nemaha County and Kansas
KDOT map of Nemaha County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°50′8″N 96°3′58″W / 39.83556°N 96.06611°W / 39.83556; -96.06611Coordinates: 39°50′8″N 96°3′58″W / 39.83556°N 96.06611°W / 39.83556; -96.06611
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyNemaha
Founded1857
Incorporated1870
Named forSeneca County, Ohio
Area
 • Total1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Land1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,138 ft (347 m)
Population
 • Total1,991
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
2,048
 • Density1,200/sq mi (470/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66538
Area code785
FIPS code20-63950 [4]
GNIS ID0472949 [5]
Websiteseneca-kansas.us

Seneca is a city in Nemaha County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Nemaha County. In 2010, 1,991 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church (1916)

Seneca was created in 1857. It was named after Seneca County, Ohio.[8]

The first post office in Seneca was created in November 1858.[9]

Seneca grew along the wagon route from St. Joseph, Missouri to Oregon and California. British explorer Richard Francis Burton was going to California in 1860. He went through town and noted: "... Seneca, a city consisting of a few shanties ..."[10]

Seneca was a station on the Pony Express of the early 1860s. The station was in the Smith Hotel, at the present-day place of Fourth and Main Streets.[11]

Seneca was incorporated as a city in 1870.[12]

Geography[change | change source]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.63 square miles (4.22 km2). All of it is land.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,203
18902,03268.9%
19001,846−9.2%
19101,806−2.2%
19201,8854.4%
19301,864−1.1%
19402,0158.1%
19501,911−5.2%
19602,0728.4%
19702,1825.3%
19802,3899.5%
19902,027−15.2%
20002,1224.7%
20101,991−6.2%
Est. 20162,048[3]2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 1,991 people, 908 households, and 509 families living in Seneca.[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 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. 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. 249.
  9. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  10. Richard Burton, (1862) The Look of the West 1860, Lincoln: Univ. Nebraska Press, reprint, n.d., p.27.
  11. "Kansas Stations". XP Pony Express Home Station. Retrieved March 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 668.

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