Walker, Kansas

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Walker, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Walker, Kansas is located in Kansas
Walker, Kansas
Walker, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°52′02″N 99°04′33″W / 38.86722°N 99.07583°W / 38.86722; -99.07583Coordinates: 38°52′02″N 99°04′33″W / 38.86722°N 99.07583°W / 38.86722; -99.07583
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ellis
Elevation 1,942 ft (592 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67674
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 475301[1]

Walker is an unincorporated community in Herzog Township, Ellis County, Kansas, United States.[2] Walker has a post office with ZIP code 67674.[3]

History[edit]

Walker was likely named for Robert J. Walker, the 4th Territorial Governor of Kansas.[4]

A post office in Walker established in 1873, closed temporarily in 1876, and reopened in 1878.[5]

In 1942, the Walker Army Airfield was built 1 mile northwest of Walker. Thousands were stationed at the airfield for training of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress during World War II. The airfield was abandoned and most of it razed.

In 1966, Interstate 70 reached Walker, passing about one block south of the community.

Geography[edit]

Walker is located at 38°52′02″N 99°04′33″W / 38.86722°N 99.07583°W / 38.86722; -99.07583 (38.8672339, -99.0759271) at an elevation of 1,942 feet (592 m).[1] It lies approximately 1.5 miles (2.3 km) west of Walker Creek, part of the Smoky Hill River watershed, in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[6][7] Walker is immediately north of Interstate 70 roughly 13 miles (21 km) east of Hays, the county seat.[7]

Transportation[edit]

Walker Avenue, a paved county road, runs north-south through Walker, intersecting Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40, which run concurrently east-west, immediately south of town.[7] The old alignment of U.S. 40, now a paved county road, runs northeast-southwest through Walker.[8]

The Kansas Pacific (KP) line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs northeast-southwest through Walker, parallel to the old alignment of U.S. 40.[7][9]

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