Spring Hill, Kansas

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Spring Hill, Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°44′43″N 94°49′45″W / 38.74528°N 94.82917°W / 38.74528; -94.82917Coordinates: 38°44′43″N 94°49′45″W / 38.74528°N 94.82917°W / 38.74528; -94.82917
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountiesJohnson, Miami
Founded1856
Incorporated1857
Named forSpring Hill, Alabama
Area
 • Total8.62 sq mi (22.33 km2)
 • Land8.52 sq mi (22.07 km2)
 • Water0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
Elevation
1,063 ft (324 m)
Population
 • Total5,437
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
6,967
 • Density630/sq mi (240/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66083
Area code913
FIPS code20-67625 [4]
GNIS ID0479558 [5]
Websitespringhillks.gov

Spring Hill is a city in Johnson and Miami counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. In 2010, 5,437 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

In 1856, James B. Hovey named the community after a town near Mobile, Alabama.[7][8] Hovey was the community's first postmaster. Hovey built the first building in town in 1856. It was the Spring Hill Hotel.[7]

In January 1859, Celia Ann Dayton, a doctor from Vermont, moved to Spring Hill. She became the first female doctor in Kansas.[9]

In the fall of 1862, Spring Hill was not attacked by Quantrill's Raiders. This is because a farmer talked to them on their way. He convinced them there were soldiers in town. There were not any soldiers in town. This stopped them from continuing. However, in 1863, the Quantrill Raiders did come to Spring Hill. They looted businesses stole from local farmers. At least one person was killed.[8]

By the 1870s, Spring Hill was growing in number of people and commerce.[7] However, a railroad to come right through the town wanted to go around Spring Hill unless the town paid $15,000. The people did not want to share the costs, so the railroad was moved to about a half-mile east of the town square.[10] The town's businesses then quickly moved closer to the train depot and tracks.[7]

Spring Hill's Civic Center (2008)

On May 20, 1957 around 7:00 p.m., an F5 tornado, known as the Ruskin Heights tornado, hit Spring Hill.[11] The only deaths in Spring Hill were the Davis Family, including Isam Davis, his wife Barbara, and their daughters Tamara and Pamela. A neighbor said they were killed when they were trying to leave their home and make it to their car to get away from the tornado. Their home was completely destroyed by the tornado. Their bodies were found close to 207th Street and US 169 Highway (present day Webster Street). Davis Street in Spring Hill is named after the family.[12]

Geography[change | change source]

Spring Hill is at 38°44′43″N 94°49′45″W / 38.745316°N 94.829261°W / 38.745316; -94.829261 (38.745316, -94.829261).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 8.62 square miles (22.33 km2). Of that, 8.52 square miles (22.07 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880502
189057314.1%
19005801.2%
19106054.3%
1920555−8.3%
19305662.0%
1940489−13.6%
195061926.6%
196090946.8%
19701,18630.5%
19802,00569.1%
19902,1919.3%
20002,72724.5%
20105,43799.4%
Est. 20186,967[3]28.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 5,437 people, 1,919 households, and 1,447 families living in Spring Hill.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Spring Hill is part of the Spring Hill School District (USD 230).[14]

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 2012-01-24. 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 September 14, 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. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Miami County 2008 Visitors Guide", pages 17-18
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Spring Hill History". springhillks.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  9. "Czech Medicine". Sunshine for Women. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  10. "Miami County Driving Tour-Spring Hill". Miami County Economic Development. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  11. Davis Family Does Not Survive Tornado Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  12. 1957 Tornado Destroys Homes, Lives In Spring Hill Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. "Spring Hills School District". USD 230. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  15. "Curly Brown". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  16. "Stephen Jones Chamberlin". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved 2016-04-01.

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