Clements, Kansas

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Clements, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Clements Stone Arch Bridge (2006)
Clements Stone Arch Bridge (2006)
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
Clements is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°18′00″N 096°44′27″W / 38.30000°N 96.74083°W / 38.30000; -96.74083Coordinates: 38°18′00″N 096°44′27″W / 38.30000°N 96.74083°W / 38.30000; -96.74083
Country United States
State Kansas
County Chase
 • Type Unincorporated
Elevation 1,227 ft (374 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 620
FIPS code 20-14000[1]
GNIS feature ID 0477389[1]

Clements is an unincorporated community in Chase County, Kansas, United States.


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.[2] 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.[3]

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 38°18′0″N 96°44′27″W / 38.30000°N 96.74083°W / 38.30000; -96.74083 (38.3000159, -96.7408481), in the scenic Flint Hills of the Great Plains. The Cottonwood River runs through the south part of the community.

Area attractions[edit]

Clements has one listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

  • Clements Stone Arch Bridge[4] (NRHP)[5] 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.[6]


Primary and secondary education[edit]

Cottonwood Falls is part of Unified School District 284.[7][8] All students attend schools in Cottonwood Falls.


1893 Railroad Map


U.S. Route 50 highway and BNSF Railway pass through Clements.


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