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Cassoday, Kansas
Location within Butler County and Kansas
Location within Butler County and Kansas
KDOT map of Butler County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Butler
Incorporated 1960
Named for John B. Cassoday
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area
 • Total 0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
 • Land 0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,473 ft (449 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 113
 • Density 332/sq mi (128.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66842
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-10925
GNIS ID 478041

Cassoday is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States. It is known as the "Prairie Chicken Capital of the World". As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 113.

History

Early history

See also: History of Kansas

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.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. 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 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Butler County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Cassoday.

Cassoday was named for John B. Cassoday, chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The first post office was in Cassoday was established on July 9, 1906.

Geography

Cassoday is located at 38°2′19″N 96°38′18″W / 38.03861°N 96.63833°W / 38.03861; -96.63833 (38.038545, -96.638252), in the scenic Flint Hills. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all of it land.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cassoday has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Area events

  • Cassoday Bike Run, First Sunday of every month March through November. As many as 5000 bikers meet in what’s become a summer tradition for motorcycle enthusiasts.

Area attractions

  • Cassoday Historical Museum. It is located in the former railroad depot.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 123
1980 122 −0.8%
1990 95 −22.1%
2000 130 36.8%
2010 129 −0.8%
2020 113 −12.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 129 people, 55 households, and 36 families residing in the city. The population density was 330.8 inhabitants per square mile (127.7/km2). There were 70 housing units at an average density of 179.5 per square mile (69.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 1.6% African American, 0.8% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, and 1.6% from two or more races.

There were 55 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 10.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 42.8 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.

Education

The community is served by Flinthills USD 492 public school district. The Flinthills High School mascot is Flinthills Mustangs.

Cassoday High School was closed through school unification. The Cassoday High School mascot was Cassoday Longhorns.

Infrastructure

Transportation

K-177 Highway and Southern Transcon main line of BNSF Railway both go through Matfield Green, while the Kansas Turnpike toll road passes immediately north of the city with a toll plaza connected to Cassoday.

Utilities

  • Internet
    • Wired is provided by Wheat State Telephone (FTTH, DSL and DialUp).
    • Satellite Internet is provided by HughesNet, StarBand, WildBlue.
  • TV
  • Telephone
    • Landline is provided by Wheat State Telephone.
  • Electricity
  • Gas
    • Service is provided by City of Cassoday.
  • Water is provided by City of Cassoday.
    • City is provided by City of Cassoday.
    • Rural is provided by Butler County RWD #3.
  • Sewer
    • Service is provided by City of Cassoday.
  • Trash
    • Service is provided by City of Cassoday.

Fox Lake

  • Rural utilities:
    • Water, sewer, and gas provided by City of Cassoday.
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