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Denison, Kansas
Location within Jackson County and Kansas
Location within Jackson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Jackson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Jackson
Township Garfield & Cedar
Founded 1887
Incorporated 1904
 • Total 0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
 • Land 0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,043 ft (318 m)
 • Total 187
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,580.36/sq mi (608.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-17625
GNIS ID 478205

Denison is a city in Jackson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 187.


19th century

Denison was founded as a result of the Kansas City, Wyandotte and Northwestern Railway laying tracks that would connect Valley Falls in Jefferson Co. and Holton, in Jackson Co. The railroad was slated to come through one mile south of an existing village, Tippinville, and in September 1887, A.D. Walker and Hollis Tucker, land speculators, laid out lots for a new town, which was named after Tucker's hometown, Denison, Ohio. Most of the houses and two churches in Tippinville were bodily moved to the new townsite, which is primarily in Garfield Township, with a small portion in Cedar Township (it was all Cedar Township at first). By August 1890, Tippinvile had been officially vacated and by 1894 Denison had a population of 150.

A number of Civil War veterans are buried in the Denison Cemetery (and nearby cemeteries, North and South Cedar Cemeteries), and there is one veteran of the Mexican–American War, G. W. White, buried at Denison. Eliza Cody Myers (Mrs. George Myers), sister of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody is also buried there. It was a truly exciting event for school children when Buffalo Bill came to Denison to visit his niece, Nellie Myers Copas, and her family.

A post office, named North Cedar, was established in 1867. The first school, built of logs, was established in 1858 south of present-day Denison, on the site of the North Cedar Cemetery. The first church in the area, of the Christian denomination was founded in 1856 by the Rev. J.T. Gardiner. The Reformed Presbyterian Church was established in 1871, with the Rev. J.S.T. Milligan the founding pastor; the United Presbyterian Church, in 1880; and the Denison Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1889. The Christian, United Presbyterian and Methodist churches united to become the Denison Union Church in 1958, and later became the Denison Bible Church. The Denison Christian Church building, erected in 1878, now houses the Denison Historical Museum, and is one of three Jackson Co. buildings included in the State Register of Historic Places.

20th century

The Denison State Bank was founded in 1901, and after its second robbery, in 1938, was moved to Holton, the county seat, where it thrives today under the same name. The Denison Rural High School was established in 1916, and a brick building was erected. It burned in 1938 and a new school building was completed in 1941. Due to school district unification, the last class to graduate from Denison High School was in 1969. However the school continued to serve lower grades until it closed its doors in 1990. Area students now attend schools in Holton.

In 1991, Allen Gardiner, a fifth-generation descendant of Denison area pioneers, published a 357-page definitive history of the area, titled "Denison, Kansas: A Record of a Town and Its People (With Observations on the Human Condition)". The book contains census records, burials in four area cemeteries, high school alumni from 1916 to 1969, and 100 family genealogies.


Denison is located at 39°23′36″N 95°37′42″W / 39.39333°N 95.62833°W / 39.39333; -95.62833 (39.393206, -95.628409). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 295
1920 240 −18.6%
1930 202 −15.8%
1940 176 −12.9%
1950 166 −5.7%
1960 184 10.8%
1970 248 34.8%
1980 231 −6.9%
1990 225 −2.6%
2000 231 2.7%
2010 187 −19.0%
2019 (est.) 177 −5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

Denison is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 187 people, 76 households, and 50 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,700.0 inhabitants per square mile (656.4/km2). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 790.9 per square mile (305.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.5% Native American, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 76 households, of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.2% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 31.8 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.


The community is served by Holton USD 336 public school district.

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