Clements, Kansas

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Clements, Kansas
Unincorporated community
1886 Clements Stone Arch Bridge over Cottonwood River (2006)
1886 Clements Stone Arch Bridge over Cottonwood River (2006)
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
Clements is located in Kansas
Clements
Clements
Clements is located in USA
Clements
Clements
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°18′00″N 96°44′27″W / 38.30000°N 96.74083°W / 38.30000; -96.74083Coordinates: 38°18′00″N 96°44′27″W / 38.30000°N 96.74083°W / 38.30000; -96.74083
Country United States
State Kansas
County Chase
Township Cottonwood
Founded 18?? (Crawfordsville)
1884 (Clements)
Government
 • Type Unincorporated
Elevation 1,227 ft (374 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-14000 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0477389 [1]

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

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century[edit]

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1806, Zebulon Pike led the Pike expedition westward from St Louis, Missouri, of which part of their journey followed the Cottonwood River through Chase County near the current community of Clements.[2]

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1859, Chase County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Clements.

In 1862, a post office opened in nearby Silver Creek (an extinct town).

In 1871, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a main line east-west through the community.[3] 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".

In 1881, the post office from Silver Creek was moved to the rail community of Crawfordsville, which was renamed in 1884 to Clements. The post office was discontinued in 1988.[4]

In 1887, the nearby Clements Stone Arch Bridge was completed over the Cottonwood River.

20th century[edit]

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.

Geography[edit]

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[5] (NRHP)[6] 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.[7]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Cottonwood Falls is part of Unified School District 284.[8][9] All students attend schools in Cottonwood Falls.

Infrastructure[edit]

1893 Railroad Map

Transportation[edit]

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

Utilities[edit]

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