kids encyclopedia robot

Eskridge, Kansas facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Eskridge, Kansas
Fourth of July parade (1886)
Fourth of July parade (1886)
"Gateway to the Flint Hills"
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
KDOT map of Wabaunsee County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Wabaunsee
Platted 1868
Incorporated 1887
Named for Charles Eskridge
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Total 0.52 sq mi (1.34 km2)
 • Land 0.52 sq mi (1.34 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,421 ft (433 m)
 • Total 534
 • Estimate 
 • Density 976.79/sq mi (376.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-21650
GNIS ID 476925

Eskridge is a city in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 534.


Eskridge was laid out in 1868. The town experienced growth in 1880 when the railroad was built through it.

Eskridge is named for Charles V. Eskridge, an Emporia, Kansas journalist and politician. Colonel Ephraim Sanford, the founder of the town company allowed Eskridge to buy the first lot and have the town named after him. Eskridge served in both houses of the legislature and was elected as lieutenant governor under Governor James M. Harvey in 1869.

In 1943, German and Italian prisoners of World War II were brought to Kansas and other Midwest states as a means of solving the labor shortage caused by American men serving in the war effort. Large internment camps were established in Kansas: Camp Concordia, Camp Funston (at Fort Riley), Camp Phillips (at Salina under Fort Riley). Fort Riley established 12 smaller branch camps, including one west of Eskridge at Lake Wabaunsee.


Eskridge is located at 38°51′31″N 96°6′27″W / 38.85861°N 96.10750°W / 38.85861; -96.10750 (38.858537, -96.107619). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.52 square miles (1.35 km2), all of it land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 548
1900 612 11.7%
1910 797 30.2%
1920 759 −4.8%
1930 726 −4.3%
1940 648 −10.7%
1950 601 −7.3%
1960 519 −13.6%
1970 589 13.5%
1980 603 2.4%
1990 518 −14.1%
2000 589 13.7%
2010 534 −9.3%
2019 (est.) 505 −5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

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

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 534 people, 187 households, and 124 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,026.9 inhabitants per square mile (396.5/km2). There were 233 housing units at an average density of 448.1 per square mile (173.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 187 households, of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.7% were non-families. 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 42.7 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.6% were from 25 to 44; 31.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


The community is served by Mission Valley USD 330 public school district, which was created by school unification when Eskridge / Harveyville / Dover schools consolidated. Mission Valley High School is located approximately 6 miles northeast of Eskridge, and its mascot is Mission Valley Vikings.

Eskridge High School was closed through school unification. Its last class graduated in 1971. The Eskridge High School mascot was Eskridge Dragons.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Eskridge para niños

kids search engine
Eskridge, Kansas Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.