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Bronson, Kansas
Location within Bourbon County and Kansas
Location within Bourbon County and Kansas
KDOT map of Bourbon County (legend)
Country United States of America
State Kansas
County Bourbon
Founded 1880s
Incorporated 1881
Named for Ira Bronson
Area
 • Total 0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
 • Land 0.45 sq mi (1.16 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,070 ft (330 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 323
 • Estimate 
(2019)
305
 • Density 682.33/sq mi (263.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66716
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-08475
GNIS ID 0474525

Bronson is a city in Bourbon County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 323.

History

Bronson was founded in the 1880s. The first store and post office opened in September 1881. The city was formerly named Wilsonville, but it was later renamed after Ira Bronson, a Fort Scott attorney. Bronson was moved to its current location when the Missouri Pacific Railroad bypassed the original town site.

Midway between Fort Scott and Iola on the highway and railroad, it became a prime shipping and supply point for the agricultural region. Growth was slow but steady. From a handful of residents in 1885, by the 1910 Census Bronson had 595 residents. In 1912 it had two banks, an international money-order post office with four rural routes, express and telegraph offices, telephone connections, the semi-weekly Bronson Pilot newspaper, a downtown retail district and public schools.

In 1910 Bronson held the world's first horseshoe pitch tournament.

Geography

Bronson is located at 37°53′48″N 95°4′21″W / 37.89667°N 95.07250°W / 37.89667; -95.07250 (37.896562, -95.072520). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.43 square miles (1.11 km2), all of it land. U.S. Route 54 intersects K-3 on Bronson's east side.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 352
1900 361 2.6%
1910 595 64.8%
1920 590 −0.8%
1930 450 −23.7%
1940 421 −6.4%
1950 415 −1.4%
1960 354 −14.7%
1970 397 12.1%
1980 414 4.3%
1990 343 −17.1%
2000 346 0.9%
2010 323 −6.6%
2019 (est.) 305 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 323 people, 131 households, and 83 families residing in the city. The population density was 751.2 inhabitants per square mile (290.0/km2). There were 153 housing units at an average density of 355.8 per square mile (137.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.1% White, 3.4% African American, 0.9% Native American, 3.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.2% of the population.

There were 131 households, of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.17.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 28.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.

Education

The community is served by Uniontown USD 235 public school district. The Uniontown High School mascot is Eagles.

Bronson schools were closed through school unification. The Bronson high school mascot was Bulldogs.

Notable people

  • Jonathan M. Davis, Kansas state representative, senator, and 22nd Kansas governor; born, raised and buried in Bronson.
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