Elyria, Kansas

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Elyria, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Elyria is located in Kansas
Elyria is located in the US
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°17′26″N 97°37′37″W / 38.29056°N 97.62694°W / 38.29056; -97.62694Coordinates: 38°17′26″N 97°37′37″W / 38.29056°N 97.62694°W / 38.29056; -97.62694[1]
Country United States
State Kansas
County McPherson

Elyria is an unincorporated community in McPherson County, Kansas, United States, and located 4 miles (6.4 km) south of McPherson.


1915 Railroad Map of McPherson County

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. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles.

19th century[edit]

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 1848, after the Mexican-American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Spain brought into the United States all or part of land for ten future states, including southwest Kansas. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, Marion County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Elyria.

Elyria was a shipping point on the Missouri Pacific Railroad.[2] It was named after Elyria, Ohio.[3]

A post office was moved from King City to Elyria in 1887 then it existed until 1954.[4]


Elyria is home of the Elyria Christian School, a private elementary and secondary school.