Udall, Kansas

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Udall, Kansas
Aerial photograph of Udall in 2015
Aerial photograph of Udall in 2015
Location within Cowley County and Kansas
Location within Cowley County and Kansas
KDOT map of Cowley County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°23′13″N 97°7′4″W / 37.38694°N 97.11778°W / 37.38694; -97.11778Coordinates: 37°23′13″N 97°7′4″W / 37.38694°N 97.11778°W / 37.38694; -97.11778
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyCowley
Platted1881
Incorporated1881
Named forCornelius Udall
Area
 • Total0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Land0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,276 ft (389 m)
Population
 • Total746
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
727
 • Density1,300/sq mi (500/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67146
Area code620
FIPS code20-71950 [4]
GNIS ID0470218 [5]
Websitecityofudall.com

Udall is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States. In 2010, 746 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

The first post office in Udall was built in September 1879.[7] J.M. Napier and P.W. Smith Bought a ten-acre area of land from I.N Nelson in 1879.[8] Udall was planned out in 1881 by Napier and Smith. It was named after English author Cornelius Udall.[9][10]

1955 tornado[change | change source]

On May 25, 1955, the deadliest tornado to ever hit Kansas hit Udall at 10:35 p.m.[11][12] The town was destroyed by an 1,300 yd (0.74 mi) wide F5 tornado. Every building within the city limits was hit, including the grain elevator, water tower, old grade school, new high school, city hall, three churches. The water tower had been knocked over and the streets were flooded. Vehicles were thrown hundreds of yards and destroyed. 77 people died. 270 people were injured. 192 buildings (170 homes) were destroyed. Around 50% of families had one or more members of their families who died in the tornado.[13]

Before hitting Udall, there were no warnings issued by the Weather Bureau. Unknown to them, the same tornado-producing thunderstorm had just hit the city of Blackwell, Oklahoma, where 20 people died and 250 were injured.[14][15]

Geography[change | change source]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2). All of it is land.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
188085
1890338297.6%
1900282−16.6%
191033017.0%
192038115.5%
193043614.4%
1940419−3.9%
1950410−2.1%
196060046.3%
197066811.3%
198089133.4%
1990824−7.5%
2000794−3.6%
2010746−6.0%
Est. 2016727[3]−2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot in Udall, circa 1890
Men and dog inspect rubble in Udall left by May 25, 1955 tornado

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 746 people, 289 households, and 203 families living in Udall.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Udall is part of Udall USD 463 public school district.[16]

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. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  7. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961, page 2". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  8. History of Udall Udall Community Historical Society
  9. "History of Udall". City of Udall. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  10. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 168.
  11. The Udall tornado: Kansas town remembers the day it disappeared; The Wichita Eagle; May 25, 2015.
  12. 60 years after Kansas' deadliest tornado; KWCH 12 TV; May 15, 2015.
  13. Info on the 1955 Udall Kansas tornado; National Weather Service.
  14. 1955 Tornado, NOAA.gov
  15. 1955 Udall Tornado Photo Collection
  16. "Udall USD 463". USD 463. Retrieved 6 January 2017.

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