Walker, Kansas

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Walker, Kansas
Unincorporated community
Walker, Kansas is located in Kansas
Walker, Kansas
Walker, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°52′02″N 99°04′33″W / 38.86722°N 99.07583°W / 38.86722; -99.07583Coordinates: 38°52′02″N 99°04′33″W / 38.86722°N 99.07583°W / 38.86722; -99.07583
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ellis
Founded 1872
Elevation 1,942 ft (592 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67674
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 475301[1]

Walker is an unincorporated community in Herzog Township, Ellis County, Kansas, United States.[2] Walker has a post office with ZIP code 67674.[3]

History[edit]

Settlers from Ohio founded Walker in 1872.[4] They likely named the settlement for Robert J. Walker, the 4th Territorial Governor of Kansas.[5] From 1876 to 1878, they were joined by Volga German immigrants and Plattdeutsch-speaking Germans from Ohio and Kentucky who settled in the area.[4]

The first post office in Walker opened in 1873, closed temporarily in 1876, and then reopened in 1878.[6] St. Ann's Church was built and dedicated in 1905. The community's first school was built in 1893, followed by a second building in 1925. The school has since closed but remains in use as a community center.[4]

In 1942, the U.S. Army built Walker Army Airfield one mile northwest of Walker. During World War II, thousands were stationed at the airfield, mostly for training in operation of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber aircraft. The military closed the base in 1946.[7]

Construction of Interstate 70 reached Walker in 1966, passing immediately south of the community.

Geography[edit]

Walker is located at 38°52′02″N 99°04′33″W / 38.86722°N 99.07583°W / 38.86722; -99.07583 (38.8672339, -99.0759271) at an elevation of 1,942 feet (592 m).[1] It lies approximately 1.5 miles (2.3 km) west of Walker Creek, part of the Smoky Hill River watershed, in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[8][9] Walker is immediately north of Interstate 70 roughly 13 miles (21 km) east of Hays, the county seat.[9]

Transportation[edit]

Walker Avenue, a paved county road, runs north-south through Walker, intersecting Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40, which run concurrently east-west, immediately south of town.[9] The old alignment of U.S. 40, now a paved county road, runs northeast-southwest through Walker.[10]

The Kansas Pacific (KP) line of the Union Pacific Railroad runs northeast-southwest through Walker, parallel to the old alignment of U.S. 40.[9][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "General Highway Map - Ellis County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 1978. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  3. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  4. ^ a b c "Ellis County". Kansas Heritage Project. Fort Hays State University. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  5. ^ Heim, Michael (2007). Exploring Kansas Highways. p. 33. 
  6. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Army and Air Force Wings Over Kansas". Kansas Historical Quarterly (Kansas State Historical Society) 25 (1): 334–360. Spring 1959. 
  8. ^ "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  9. ^ a b c d "General Highway Map - Ellis County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  10. ^ "Official 1960-61 Kansas Highway Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  11. ^ "UPRR Common Line Names" (PDF). Union Pacific Railroad. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 

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