Kanwaka, Kansas

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Kanwaka, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Kanwaka, Kansas is located in Kansas
Kanwaka, Kansas
Kanwaka, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°58′00″N 95°24′31″W / 38.96667°N 95.40861°W / 38.96667; -95.40861Coordinates: 38°58′00″N 95°24′31″W / 38.96667°N 95.40861°W / 38.96667; -95.40861
Country United States
State Kansas
County Douglas
Elevation 1,033 ft (315 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 479103[1]

Kanwaka is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Kansas located 4 miles west of Lawrence. Kanwaka is a portmanteau of the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. Kanwaka was first settled in 1854. Kanwaka had a post office from 1857 to 1870 and again from 1898 until 1900.[2]

Kanwaka is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Stull Road although the name Kanwaka refers to an area, not a town.[3]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961, page 2". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Soil of Our Souls by Martha Parker & Betty Laird. Parker-Laird Enterprises, 1976