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Bushong, Kansas
Old Store and Garage in Bushong (2009)
Old Store and Garage in Bushong (2009)
Location within Lyon County and Kansas
Location within Lyon County and Kansas
KDOT map of Lyon County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Lyon
Incorporated 1923
Named for Doc Bushong
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Total 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
 • Land 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,391 ft (424 m)
 • Total 34
 • Estimate 
 • Density 217.11/sq mi (84.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-09675
GNIS ID 485487

Bushong is a city in Lyon County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 34.


Doc Bushong in 1888 Old Judge baseball card, crouching position
1888 Doc Bushong baseball card.

The city, originally a whistle-stop of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, was first named "Weeks". The city took its present name in 1886 in honor of St. Louis Browns catcher Albert J. "Doc" Bushong. Following the Browns' victory in the 1886 World Series over the Chicago White Stockings, the Missouri Pacific Railroad honored several of the St. Louis players by naming some of their towns after the players. Bushong had played every game in the series and was at bat in Game Six, when the winning run scored by stealing home. The city of Bushong is the only one still carrying its name from the 1886 World Series.

During the Cold War, Bushong was the location of one of the first generations of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles. The site, active from 1961–1965, was part of the 548th Strategic Missile Squadron.


Bushong is located at 38°38′34″N 96°15′28″W / 38.64278°N 96.25778°W / 38.64278; -96.25778 (38.642699, -96.257753). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 193
1940 135 −30.1%
1950 93 −31.1%
1960 51 −45.2%
1970 39 −23.5%
1980 62 59.0%
1990 57 −8.1%
2000 55 −3.5%
2010 34 −38.2%
2019 (est.) 33 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

Bushong is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 34 people, 12 households, and 10 families residing in the city. The population density was 226.7 inhabitants per square mile (87.5/km2). There were 16 housing units at an average density of 106.7 per square mile (41.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 12 households, of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 16.7% were non-families. 8.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 33 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 8.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.9% male and 47.1% female.


The community is served by North Lyon County USD 251 public school district.


U.S. Route 56 is located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Bushong. The closest Kansas Turnpike exit is located approximately 12.5 miles (20.1 km) east of Bushong along U.S. Route 56.

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