Wakarusa, Kansas

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Wakarusa, Kansas
Census-designated place
KDOT map of Shawnee County (legend)
Wakarusa is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°53′09″N 95°41′45″W / 38.88583°N 95.69583°W / 38.88583; -95.69583Coordinates: 38°53′09″N 95°41′45″W / 38.88583°N 95.69583°W / 38.88583; -95.69583
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.999 sq mi (12.95 km2)
 • Land4.965 sq mi (12.86 km2)
 • Water0.034 sq mi (0.09 km2)
955 ft (291 m)
 • Total260
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code785
GNIS ID479077 [3]

Wakarusa is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Shawnee County, Kansas, United States. Wakarusa is 11 miles (18 km) south of downtown Topeka. Wakarusa has a post office with ZIP code 66546.[4] As of the 2010 census, its population was 260.[2] Wakarusa is also the name of an unincorporated community in adjacent Douglas County, Kansas, 6.6 mi (10.6 km) southwest of downtown Lawrence and the name of the township that includes Lawrence, Kansas.


Wakarusa was founded in 1858.[5]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ "Wakarusa". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  5. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. pp. 854.

Further reading[edit]

  • Living in the Depot: The Two-Story Railroad Station; H. Roger Grant; University of Iowa Press; 130 pages; 1993; ISBN 978-0877455882. Contains historic images of Kansas stations at Alta Vista, Bucklin, Comiskey, Haddam, Hoyt, and Wakarusa.