Spring Hill, Kansas

Coordinates: 38°44′35″N 94°49′32″W / 38.74306°N 94.82556°W / 38.74306; -94.82556
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Spring Hill, Kansas
Downtown (2022)
Downtown (2022)
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
Location within Johnson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Johnson County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°44′35″N 94°49′32″W / 38.74306°N 94.82556°W / 38.74306; -94.82556[1]
CountryUnited States
CountiesJohnson, Miami
Named forSpring Hill, Alabama
 • Total8.95 sq mi (23.18 km2)
 • Land8.84 sq mi (22.89 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
Elevation1,063 ft (324 m)
 • Total7,952
 • Density890/sq mi (340/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code913
FIPS code20-67625[1]
GNIS ID479558 [1]

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 2020, 7,952 people lived there.[3]

History[change | change source]

In 1856, James B. Hovey named the community after a town near Mobile, Alabama.[4][5] Hovey was the community's first postmaster. Hovey built the first building in town in 1856. It was the Spring Hill Hotel.[4]

In January 1859, Celia Ann Dayton, a doctor from Vermont, moved to Spring Hill. She became the first female doctor in Kansas.[6]

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.[5]

By the 1870s, Spring Hill was growing in number of people and commerce.[4] 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.[7] The town's businesses then quickly moved closer to the train depot and tracks.[4]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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).[10] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 8.95 square miles (23.18 km2). Of that, 8.84 square miles (22.90 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.[2]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census[change | change source]

The 2020 census says that there were 7,952 people, 2,763 households, and 2,133 families living in Spring Hill. Of the households, 78.7% owned their home and 21.3% rented their home.

The median age was 35.2 years. Of the people, 88.0% were White, 2.0% were Black, 0.7% were Asian, 0.4% were Native American, 1.6% were from some other race, and 7.3% were two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the people.[11][12]

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.[13]

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 1.2 1.3 "Spring Hill, Kansas". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "QuickFacts: Spring Hill city, Kansas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Miami County 2008 Visitors Guide", pages 17-18
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Spring Hill History". springhillks.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  6. "Czech Medicine". Sunshine for Women. Retrieved 2009-08-31.[permanent dead link]
  7. "Miami County Driving Tour-Spring Hill". Miami County Economic Development. Archived from the original on 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  8. Davis Family Does Not Survive Tornado Archived 2016-06-17 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  9. 1957 Tornado Destroys Homes, Lives In Spring Hill Archived 2017-11-17 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  10. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. "DP1: PROFILE OF GENERAL POPULATION AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 30, 2023.
  12. "P16: HOUSEHOLD TYPE". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  13. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  14. "Spring Hills School District". USD 230. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. 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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