Dickinson County, Kansas
|Dickinson County, Kansas|
Dickinson County Courthouse in Abilene
Location in the state of Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 20, 1857|
852.12 sq mi (2,207 km²)
847.92 sq mi (2,196 km²)
4.20 sq mi (11 km²), 0.49%
22.8/sq mi (8.8/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Dickinson County (county code DK) is a county located in Central Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 19,754. Its county seat and most populous city is Abilene. It was named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson.
19th century 
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 1857, Dickinson County was founded.
In 1887, Mr. Herington successfully got the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway to build through Herington. He gave the land and right-of-way for Herington to become a division point with shops, two round houses, freight house, bridge yards, telegraph office and many other buildings. He furnished the limestone for the freight house, and for a two story depot that was 28 x 66 feet and later enlarged to 28 x 105 feet.
In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Topeka to Herington. This main line connected Topeka, Valencia, Willard, Maple Hill, Vera, Paxico, McFarland, Alma, Volland, Alta Vista, Dwight, White City, Latimer, Herington.
In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway extended its main line from Herington to Pratt. This main line connected Herington, Ramona, Tampa, Durham, Waldeck, Canton, Galva, McPherson, Groveland, Inman, Medora, Hutchinson, Whiteside, Partridge, Arlington, Langdon, Turon, Preston, Natrona, Pratt. In 1888, this main line was extended to Liberal. Later, this line was extended to Tucumcari, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. This line is called the "Golden State Limited".
In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington to Caldwell. This branch line connected Herington, Lost Springs, Lincolnville, Antelope, Marion, Aulne, Peabody, Elbing, Whitewater, Furley, Kechi, Wichita, Peck, Corbin, Wellington, Caldwell. By 1893, this branch line was incrementally built to Fort Worth, Texas. This line is called the "OKT".
The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway was foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".
In 1887, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a branch line from Neva (3 miles west of Strong City) to Superior, Nebraska. This branch line connected Strong City, Neva, Rockland, Diamond Springs, Burdick, Lost Springs, Jacobs, Hope, Navarre, Enterprise, Abilene, Talmage, Manchester, Longford, Oak Hill, Miltonvale, Aurora, Huscher, Concordia, Kackley, Courtland, Webber, Superior. At some point, the line from Neva to Lost Springs was pulled but the right of way has not been abandoned. This branch line was originally called "Strong City and Superior line" but later the name was shortened to the "Strong City line".
21st century 
In 2010, the Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) was constructed north to south through Dickinson County, with much controversy over tax exemption and environmental concerns (if a leak ever occurs). A pumping station named Hope was built along the pipeline.
Law and government 
Dickinson County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 852.12 square miles (2,207.0 km2), of which 847.92 square miles (2,196.1 km2) (or 99.51%) is land and 4.20 square miles (10.9 km2) (or 0.49%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Clay County (north)
- Geary County (east)
- Morris County (southeast)
- Marion County (south)
- McPherson County (southwest)
- Saline County (west)
- Ottawa County (northwest)
As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 19,344 people, 7,903 households, and 5,421 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 8,686 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.44% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.82% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.30% of the population.
There were 7,903 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,975, and the median income for a family was $43,952. Males had a median income of $30,889 versus $18,526 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,780. About 5.30% of families and 7.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.70% of those under age 18 and 11.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Incorporated cities 
Name and population (2004 estimate):
- Abilene, 6,397 (county seat)
- Herington, 2,469
- Chapman, 1,239
- Solomon, 1,051, of which a portion lies in Saline County
- Enterprise, 813
- Hope, 364
- Woodbine, 206
- Manchester, 102
- Carlton, 38
Unincorporated places 
- Shady Brook
Dickinson County is divided into twenty-four townships. The cities of Abilene and Herington are considered governmentally independent and are excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.
/km² (/sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
|Water %||Geographic coordinates|
|Banner||03975||148||2 (4)||92 (35)||1 (0)||0.62%|
|Buckeye||08925||437||5 (12)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.15%|
|Center||11675||1,210||13 (34)||92 (35)||2 (1)||2.16%|
|Cheever||12700||149||2 (4)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.04%|
|Flora||23550||217||2 (6)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.08%|
|Fragrant Hill||24250||251||3 (8)||77 (30)||0 (0)||0.21%|
|Garfield||25550||189||2 (5)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.06%|
|Grant||27625||918||11 (29)||82 (32)||1 (1)||1.58%|
|Hayes||30900||233||3 (8)||78 (30)||0 (0)||0.04%|
|Holland||32625||107||1 (3)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.17%|
|Hope||33100||519||6 (15)||92 (35)||0 (0)||0.45%|
|Jefferson||35175||166||2 (5)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.46%|
|Liberty||40000||405||4 (9)||114 (44)||0 (0)||0.11%|
|Lincoln||40625||1,669||18 (46)||93 (36)||2 (1)||1.99%|
|Logan||41850||202||2 (6)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.23%|
|Lyon||43475||252||3 (8)||86 (33)||1 (0)||0.98%|
|Newbern||50225||349||4 (10)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.14%|
|Noble||50800||1,730||21 (55)||81 (31)||1 (0)||1.29%|
|Ridge||59800||160||2 (4)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.43%|
|Rinehart||59900||194||2 (5)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.40%|
|Sherman||64925||147||2 (5)||78 (30)||0 (0)||0%|
|Union||72100||176||2 (5)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.20%|
|Wheatland||77625||152||2 (4)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.18%|
|Willowdale||79450||258||3 (7)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.05%|
|Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division.|
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was born in Texas but moved to Abilene at an early age and always considered Abilene to be his home. He was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. Prior to that he was a five-star general in the United States Army. During World War II, he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45, from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.
Joe Engle is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. Engle helped to flight test the joint NASA-Air Force X-15 rocket airplane. During the course of testing, Engle earned his USAF astronaut wings, a Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards. Engle was one of the first astronauts in the Space Shuttle program, having flight tested the Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1977. He was commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981. Engle was born and raised in Chapman.
Several figures from the American Old West spent time in the county. Folk hero James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, gunfighter John Wesley Hardin, and dance hall girl/prostitute Libby Thompson all made their mark in Abilene when it was in its wild cattle-town days.
Unified school districts 
- USD 393, Solomon
- Solomon, Rural Areas
- USD 435, Abilene
- Abilene, Rural Areas
- USD 473, Chapman
- USD 487, Herington
- Herington, Rural Areas
- District Office In Neighboring County
See also 
- List of people from Dickinson County, Kansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Dickinson County, Kansas
Information on this and other counties in Kansas
- List of counties in Kansas
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Kansas
- Kansas locations by per capita income
Other information for Kansas
- List of cities in Kansas
- List of unified school districts in Kansas
- List of colleges and universities in Kansas
- "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Herington History
- Rock Island Rail History
- Keystone Pipeline - Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline Deal; April 18, 2010.
- Keystone Pipeline - TransCanada inspecting pipeline; December 10, 2010.
- "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Former SACEURs". Aco.nato.int. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
Further reading 
- History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
- Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook), (Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)
- The National Old Trails Road To Southern California, Part 1 (LA to KC); Automobile Club Of Southern California; 64 pages; 1916. (Download 6.8MB PDF eBook)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Dickinson County, Kansas|
- Dickinson County - Official Website
- Dickinson County - Directory of Public Officials
- Dickinson County - Information, Skyways
- Dickinson County Map, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Map, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Map, KDOT
- Kansas School District Boundary Map, KSDE
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