Wakarusa Township, Douglas County, Kansas
Location in Douglas County
|• Total||46.74 sq mi (121.07 km2)|
|• Land||45.9 sq mi (118.87 km2)|
|• Water||0.85 sq mi (2.19 km2) 1.81%|
|Elevation||866 ft (264 m)|
|• Density||48.7/sq mi (18.8/km2)|
|GNIS feature ID||0479514|
Wakarusa Township is a township in Douglas County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 2,237. It was named for the Wakarusa River which flows through Douglas County from Wabaunsee County to the Kansas River near Eudora.
Lake View Lake is within this township. The streams of Baldwin Creek, Burroughs Creek, Coal Creek, Washington Creek and Yankee Tank Creek run through this township.
- Rural Township, Jefferson County (northwest)
- Grant Township, Douglas County (north)
- Reno Township, Leavenworth County (northeast)
- Eudora Township, Douglas County (east)
- Palmyra Township, Douglas County (southeast)
- Willow Springs Township, Douglas County (southwest)
- Clinton Township, Douglas County (west)
- Kanwaka Township, Douglas County (west)
- Lecompton Township, Douglas County (west)
Towns and settlements
Although these towns may not be incorporated or populated, they are still placed on maps produced by the county. The city of Lawrence is considered governmentally independent and is not included on this list.
Places of interest
- Wells Overlook. A county-owned park with a watchtower that offers a scenic view of the surrounding area, including Lawrence. The overlook was used during the Bleeding Kansas era as a look out for pro-slavery threats.
- Lake View. A natural oxbow lake formed from the Kansas River. Lake View was once a popular lakeside resort and still has a small population today.
- The Baker Wetlands are between the Lawrence city limits and the Wakarusa River along 31st Street and supports various species of plants, birds and animals.
- The townsite of Franklin, along K-10, was once a pro-slavery town that competed with Lawrence. When Lawrence was burned in 1863 most of the houses were moved to help with the rebuilding.
- "Township of Wakarusa". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 13 October 1978. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
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