Conway, Kansas

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Conway, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Conway is located in Kansas
Conway is located in the US
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°22′10″N 97°47′11″W / 38.36944°N 97.78639°W / 38.36944; -97.78639Coordinates: 38°22′10″N 97°47′11″W / 38.36944°N 97.78639°W / 38.36944; -97.78639[1]
Country United States
State Kansas
County McPherson
Elevation[1] 1,542 ft (470 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-15275 [1]
GNIS feature ID 0484354 [1]
1915 Railroad Map of McPherson County
Map of McPherson County from KDOT (map legend)

Conway is an unincorporated community in southwestern Jackson Township, McPherson County, Kansas, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 56 and a Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad line, west of the city of McPherson, the county seat of McPherson County.[2]


19th century[edit]

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 1867, McPherson County was founded.

In 1878, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and parties from Marion County and McPherson County chartered the Marion and McPherson Railway Company.[3] In 1879, a branch line was built from Florence to McPherson, in 1880 it was extended to Lyons, in 1881 it was extended to Ellinwood.[4] The line was leased and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The line from Florence to Marion, was abandoned in 1968.[5] In 1992, the line from Marion to McPherson was sold to Central Kansas Railway. In 1993, after heavy flood damage, the line from Marion to McPherson was abandoned. The original branch line connected Florence, Marion, Canada, Hillsboro, Lehigh, Canton, Galva, McPherson, Conway, Windom, Little River, Mitchell, Lyons, Chase, Ellinwood.

A post office was opened in Conway in 1880, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1983.[6]

20th century[edit]

The National Old Trails Road, also known as the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, was established in 1912, and was routed through Windom, Conway, McPherson.


Its elevation is 1,542 feet (470 m), and it is located at 38°22′10″N 97°47′11″W / 38.36944°N 97.78639°W / 38.36944; -97.78639 (38.3694530, -97.7864348).[1]


Conway is home to a large underground refined petroleum storage facility. The storage facility consists of large caverns carved into the underlying salt beds. The storage facility has a holding capacity of over 4 million barrels used for gasoline, propane, and other refined petroleum products. The Conway storage facility holds approximately 30% of the propane stored in the United States.[7]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Conway, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. ^ DeLorme. Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. 4th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2009, 48. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.
  3. ^ Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.
  4. ^ Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners for the Year Ending December 1, 1886 in State of Kansas; Kansas Publishing House; 1886.
  5. ^ Railway Abandonment 1968
  6. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  7. ^ [1]

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