WaKeeney, Kansas

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WaKeeney, Kansas
Trego County fairgrounds exhibit building in WaKeeney (2014)
Trego County fairgrounds exhibit building in WaKeeney (2014)
Location within Trego County and Kansas
Location within Trego County and Kansas
KDOT map of Trego County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°1′30″N 99°52′46″W / 39.02500°N 99.87944°W / 39.02500; -99.87944Coordinates: 39°1′30″N 99°52′46″W / 39.02500°N 99.87944°W / 39.02500; -99.87944
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyTrego
Founded1879
Incorporated1880
Area
 • Total1.71 sq mi (4.43 km2)
 • Land1.71 sq mi (4.43 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
2,447 ft (746 m)
Population
 • Total1,862
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
1,776
 • Density1,100/sq mi (420/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67672
Area code785
FIPS code20-74450 [4]
GNIS ID0472517 [5]
Websitewakeeney.org

WaKeeney is a city in Trego County, Kansas, United States.[6] It is also the county seat of Trego County. In 2010 census, 1,862 people lived there.[7]

History[change | change source]

In 1877, James Keeney, a land speculator in Chicago, bought land at the place of modern-day WaKeeney from the Kansas Pacific Railway. He, and business partner Albert Warren, created Warren, Keeney, & Co., surveyed and plotted the site in 1878. They created a colony there in 1879.[8] They named the colony WaKeeney, a portmanteau of their last names.

They said it was "The Queen City of the High Plains", advertising and holding celebrations to attract settlers.[9] The colony grew quickly, but crop failures made settlers leave in 1880 as quickly as they had come. By 1882, all that was left were "five poorly patronized retail stores".[10] Years later, Volga Germans began settling the area.[8]

WaKeeney became the county seat in June 1879. It was incorporated as a city in 1880.[8][9]

Geography[change | change source]

WaKeeney is at 39°01′28″N 99°52′55″W / 39.024467°N 99.881972°W / 39.024467; -99.881972 (39.024467, -99.881972)[11] at an elevation of 2,447 feet (746 m).[5] It is in northwestern Kansas at the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 283. It is 162 miles (261 km) northwest of Wichita, 281 miles (452 km) east-southeast of Denver, and 284 miles (457 km) west of Kansas City.[12]

WaKeeney is in the High Plains region of the Great Plains. It is about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Big Creek, a tributary of the Smoky Hill River.[13][14] A small tributary of Big Creek goes south from near the center of the city.[14]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.71 square miles (4.43 km2). All of it is land.[1]

Climate[change | change source]

WaKeeney has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa). It has hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The average temperature is 52.8 °F (11 °C), and the average yearly precipitation is 23.6 inches (600 mm).[15] Snowfall averages 25.2 inches (640 mm) per year.[16] On average, January is the coldest month, and July is both the hottest month and the wettest month. The hottest temperature ever in WaKeeney was 110 °F (43 °C) in 1980; the coldest temperature ever was -25 °F (-32 °C) in 1989.[17]

Climate data for WaKeeney, Kansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26)
84
(29)
90
(32)
102
(39)
101
(38)
110
(43)
110
(43)
107
(42)
104
(40)
98
(37)
89
(32)
79
(26)
110
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 40
(4)
46
(8)
55
(13)
66
(19)
75
(24)
87
(31)
93
(34)
91
(33)
82
(28)
70
(21)
53
(12)
42
(6)
67
(19)
Average low °F (°C) 16
(−9)
21
(−6)
29
(−2)
39
(4)
50
(10)
60
(16)
65
(18)
63
(17)
53
(12)
41
(5)
28
(−2)
19
(−7)
40
(5)
Record low °F (°C) −14
(−26)
−14
(−26)
−9
(−23)
11
(−12)
27
(−3)
39
(4)
47
(8)
47
(8)
24
(−4)
12
(−11)
−4
(−20)
−25
(−32)
−25
(−32)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.68
(17)
0.77
(20)
1.87
(47)
2.17
(55)
3.62
(92)
2.57
(65)
3.64
(92)
2.95
(75)
2.02
(51)
1.33
(34)
1.33
(34)
0.66
(17)
23.61
(599)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 5.5
(14)
4.9
(12)
4.9
(12)
1.8
(4.6)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.76)
0.8
(2.0)
2.6
(6.6)
4.5
(11)
25.3
(62.96)
Source: The Weather Channel;[17] National Weather Service[16]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880418
18904395.0%
1900394−10.3%
1910883124.1%
19201,00313.6%
19301,40840.4%
19401,85231.5%
19502,44632.1%
19602,80814.8%
19702,334−16.9%
19802,3882.3%
19902,161−9.5%
20001,924−11.0%
20101,862−3.2%
Est. 20161,776[3]−4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 1,862 people, 864 households, and 500 families residing in the city.[2]

Infrastructure[change | change source]

Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40 run concurrently southeast-northwest just south of WaKeeney. They intersect U.S. Route 283, which goes north-south through WaKeeney. U.S. 283 goes east-west for one mile in downtown WaKeeney. It is concurrent with U.S. Route 40 Business and the old alignment of U.S. 40.[18]

Trego WaKeeney Airport is on the west side of U.S. 283. It is just south of I-70.[19] The airport is publicly owned. It has one concrete runway. It is used for general aviation.[20]

Union Pacific Railroad has one freight railroad, the Kansas Pacific (KP) line, through WaKeeney. It goes east-west through the WaKeeney.[18][21]

Media[change | change source]

The Western Kansas World is the local newspaper. It is published once per week.[22]

K231BG is a translator of radio station KJIL in Copeland, Kansas. It broadcasts from WaKeeney on 94.1 FM. It plays a Contemporary Christian format.[23][24]

WaKeeney is in the Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas television market.[25]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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  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.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 "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.
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  11. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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  14. 14.0 14.1 "General Highway Map - Trego County, Kansas". Kansas Department of Transportation. 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  15. "Historical Weather for WaKeeney, Kansas, United States of America". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Weather Service Forecast Office - Dodge City, KS. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Average weather for WaKeeney, KS". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "City of WaKeeney [Map]" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. May 2007. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  19. "WaKeeney, KS". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  20. "0H1 - Trego WaKeeney Airport". AirNav.com. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  21. "UPRR Common Line Names" (PDF). Union Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  22. "About this Newspaper: Western Kansas world". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  23. "K231BG-FM 94.1 MHz". Radio-Locator. Theodric Technologies LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  24. "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  25. "Kansas". TV Market Maps. EchoStar Knowledge Base. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
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  28. "Harlan, Andrew Jackson (1815-1907)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  29. "Frank Mechau Jr". askART. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  30. "Profile: Green Leader Mike Schreiner". CBC News. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2015-07-16.

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