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Cedar Point, Kansas
North side of 1875 Cedar Point Mill next to Cottonwood River (2012)
North side of 1875 Cedar Point Mill next to Cottonwood River (2012)
Location within Chase County and Kansas
Location within Chase County and Kansas
KDOT map of Chase County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Chase
Township Cottonwood
Founded 1862
Incorporated 1912
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area
 • Total 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
 • Land 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,247 ft (380 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 22
 • Density 314/sq mi (122/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66843
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-11425
GNIS ID 477384

Cedar Point is a city in Chase County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 22. It is about 5 miles east of Florence and 0.5 miles south of U.S. Route 50 highway.

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

Map elk chase kansas
1893 Railroad Map shows
"Cedar Point" and "Cedar Grove"

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 1806, Zebulon Pike led the Pike expedition westward from St Louis, Missouri, of which part of their journey followed the Cottonwood River through Chase County near the current city of Cedar Point.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Cedar Point.

In 1862, Cedar Point was founded. The first post office in Cedar Point was established in 1862.

In 1867, a log dam was built across the Cottonwood River, and a wooden-frame mill was constructed for sawing lumber. The following year (1868) it was converted to grind flour and named Cedar Point Mill. In 1870, the name was changed to Drinkwater & Schriver Mill. In 1871, construction of the current stone structure was started, then completed in 1875. In 1884, the log dam was replaced by a stone dam.

In 1871, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a main line east-west and built a nearby station named Cedar Grove in the valley north of Cedar Point. In 1996, it merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the current BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".

Geography

Cedar Point is located at 38°15′39″N 96°49′18″W / 38.260888°N 96.821662°W / 38.260888; -96.821662 (38.260888, -96.821662), in the scenic Flint Hills of the Great Plains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2), all of it land.

Area attractions

Cedar Point has two listings on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

  • 1875 Cedar Point Mill (NRHP).
  • 1916 Cottonwood River Pratt Truss Bridge (NRHP).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 113
1920 190
1930 141 −25.8%
1940 140 −0.7%
1950 107 −23.6%
1960 87 −18.7%
1970 73 −16.1%
1980 66 −9.6%
1990 39 −40.9%
2000 53 35.9%
2010 28 −47.2%
2020 22 −21.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Cedar Point is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 28 people, 13 households, and 5 families residing in the city. The population density was 350.0 inhabitants per square mile (135.1/km2). There were 25 housing units at an average density of 312.5 per square mile (120.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White and 3.6% from two or more races.

There were 13 households, of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.8% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 61.5% were non-families. 46.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 38.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 3.60.

The median age in the city was 51.5 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 10.7% were from 25 to 44; 32% were from 45 to 64; and 28.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.6% male and 46.4% female.

Education

The community is served by Chase County USD 284 public school district. It has two schools.

Cedar Point schools were closed through school unification. The Cedar Point High School mascot was Cedar Point Bronchos.

Infrastructure

Transportation

U.S. Route 50 highway and BNSF Railway passes east-west near the city.

Utilities

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