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Cherryvale, Kansas
Cherryvale Carnegie Library (2013)
Cherryvale Carnegie Library (2013)
Location within Montgomery County and Kansas
Location within Montgomery County and Kansas
KDOT map of Montgomery County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Montgomery
Founded 1871
Platted 1871
Incorporated 1880
Named for Cherry Creek valley
 • Total 2.03 sq mi (5.25 km2)
 • Land 2.00 sq mi (5.19 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total 2,367
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,066.87/sq mi (411.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-12925
GNIS ID 469813

Cherryvale is a city in Montgomery County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 2,367.


Cherryvale was founded on the land of the Osage Indians who were pushed out by veterans of the American Civil War looking for land. The first white man to purchase property and settle here was Mr. Abe Eaton, who later sold it to the Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern Kansas Railroad which then became the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railway. The town site was platted by the railroad in 1871. It was named Cherryvale from its position in the valley of Cherry Creek.

The main part of the town was destroyed by fire in 1873, but was soon rebuilt, and in 1880 Cherryvale became a city of the third and afterwards of the second class. Natural gas, which is used as a factory fuel and for street and domestic lighting, was found here in 1889, and oil several years later.

The city is currently the headquarters for the South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, a shortline that runs 511 miles of track in Kansas and Oklahoma.The railroad, owned by WATCO, painted SD-40-2 4158, in the High School's colors of Blue & White in 2011, and the unit is stationed at the New yard, completed 2013, north of Cherryvale.


Cherryvale is located at 37°16′5″N 95°33′3″W / 37.26806°N 95.55083°W / 37.26806; -95.55083 (37.268010, -95.550778). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.92 square miles (4.97 km2), of which, 1.90 square miles (4.92 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water. Is self-described as the "Gateway to Big Hill Lake."


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 690
1890 2,104 204.9%
1900 3,472 65.0%
1910 4,304 24.0%
1920 4,698 9.2%
1930 4,251 −9.5%
1940 3,185 −25.1%
1950 2,952 −7.3%
1960 2,783 −5.7%
1970 2,609 −6.3%
1980 2,769 6.1%
1990 2,464 −11.0%
2000 2,386 −3.2%
2010 2,367 −0.8%
2019 (est.) 2,138 −9.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,367 people, 930 households, and 615 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,245.8 inhabitants per square mile (481.0/km2). There were 1,087 housing units at an average density of 572.1 per square mile (220.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 1.0% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.

There were 930 households, of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 36.9 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 16% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.


The community is served by Cherryvale USD 447 public school district, and home to Lincoln Central Elementary School (Cherryvale) (K-6), Thayer Elementary (K-8) and Cherryvale Middle/High School (7-12). They compete in the Tri-Valley League and the mascot is the Charger, represented by a knight. It was previously the Fighting Cherries. The mascot was changed in 1969 by the high school student council after an overwhelming vote of the student body.

Notable people

  • Sam Avey, wrestling promoter
  • Frank Bellamy (1876–1915), contested author of the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Louise Brooks, dancer, silent film star, and author
  • Claude Wendell Horton, Sr., geophysicist, acoustic researcher
  • Billy Sandow, manager for World Champion Ed "Strangler" Lewis
  • Vivian Vance, actress played Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy

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