Zurich, Kansas

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Zurich, Kansas
Zurich Community Center est 1930
Zurich Community Center est 1930
Location within Rooks County and Kansas
Location within Rooks County and Kansas
KDOT map of Rooks County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°13′58″N 99°26′5″W / 39.23278°N 99.43472°W / 39.23278; -99.43472Coordinates: 39°13′58″N 99°26′5″W / 39.23278°N 99.43472°W / 39.23278; -99.43472
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyRooks
Area
 • Total0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Land0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
2,215 ft (675 m)
Population
 • Total99
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
97
 • Density580/sq mi (230/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67663
Area code785
FIPS code20-81025 [4]
GNIS ID0472436 [5]

Zurich is a city in Rooks County, Kansas, United States. In 2010, 99 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

Zurich was created on the plains of northwest Kansas in the late 1870s. In 1880, John and Armenda Webb, who were born in Zurich, Switzerland, filed a US postal service application using the name of their birthplace, Zurich. The application was approved. Armenda Webb became the first postmaster of Zurich. She ran the post office from her home.[7][8]

Union Pacific Railroad built a railroad through western Kansas in 1888. The line was went just south of Zurich where a train depot was created.[9]

In 1918, fire destroyed most of the Zurich business district when the west side of Main Street caught fire. Three years later, fire destroyed the post office, creamery, and a store in northern Main Street.[10][11][12]

The post office in Zurich was ended in 1996.[8]

Geography[change | change source]

Zurich is at 39°13′58″N 99°26′5″W / 39.23278°N 99.43472°W / 39.23278; -99.43472 (39.232810, -99.434814).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2). All of it is land.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950186
196024431.2%
1970189−22.5%
1980185−2.1%
1990151−18.4%
2000126−16.6%
201099−21.4%
Est. 201697[3]−2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

In 2010, there were 99 people, 46 households, and 24 families living in Zurich.[2]

Education[change | change source]

Zurich High School was consolidated to Palco High School in 1955. Zurich grade school closed in 1977.[14] The Zurich grade school mascot was the Wildcats.[15]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. 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. "Origin", Plainville Times, 28 August 1980, p.1.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  9. Gannett, Henry (1898). A Gazetteer of Kansas. Govt. Print. Off. p. 246.
  10. "Big Fire at Zurich", Plainville Times, 1 August 1918, p.1.
  11. "Destructive Fire at Zurich", Plainville Times, 26 May 1921, p.1.
  12. McClellan, Mrs. Lee. "A History of Logan Township", Plainville Times, 3 August 1961, p.3.
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. "Parents Vote To Close Zurich School", Plainville Times, 1 September 1977, p.1
  15. "Zurich Grade News", Plainville Times, 5 February 1970, p.11

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