Clements Stone Arch Bridge, 2006
|Elevation||1,227 ft (374 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0477389|
For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1859, Chase County was founded.
In 1871, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a main line east-west through Clements. In 1996, it merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the current BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".
A post office opened in Silver Creek (an extinct town) in 1862 was moved to Clements, then called Crawfordsville, in 1881. In 1884, it was renamed Clements. The post office was discontinued in 1988.
In 1887, the Clements Stone Arch Bridge was completed over the Cottonwood River.
There have been numerous floods during the history of Clements. In June and July 1951, due to heavy rains, rivers and streams flooded numerous cities in Kansas, including Clements. Many reservoirs and levees were built in Kansas as part of a response to the Great Flood of 1951.
Clements is located at Cottonwood River runs through the south part of the community.(38.3000159, -96.7408481). The
Clements has one listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
- Clements Stone Arch Bridge (NRHP) crosses the Cottonwood River. It was built in 1887 of native limestone. The two-span bridge with a main span of 57.1 feet and a length of 126.9 feet is now open only to pedestrians.
Primary and secondary education
- Chase County Junior/Senior High School, 600 Main St in Cottonwood Falls.
- Chase County Elementary School, 401 Maple St in Cottonwood Falls.
- La Junta Subdivision, branch of the BNSF Railway
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Chase County, Kansas
- Cottonwood River and Great Flood of 1951
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Santa Fe Rail History
- "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- National Register of Historic Places - Clements Stone Arch Bridge
- Clements Stone Arch Bridge - Kansas Travel
- Clements Stone Arch Bridge; Kansas Flint Hills Tourism.
- USD 284
- Kansas School District Boundary Map
- Historical and Photos
- Clements Stone Arch Bridge, official site.
- Kansas Photo Tour - Clements Stone Bridge
- Clements - A "Quiet" town of Chase County, Kansas, History and photographs.
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