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Fairport, Kansas
KDOT map of Russell County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Russell
Founded 1870s
Elevation
1,686 ft (514 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67665
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-22375
GNIS ID 472526

Fairport is an unincorporated community in Paradise Township, Russell County, Kansas, United States. It is located about 12 miles north of Gorham near the west county line and next the Saline River.

History

In 1879, Knight & Bradshaw built Fairport Mills, a steam and water-powered flour mill, at a site on the Saline River northwest of Russell, Kansas. A rural post office had opened near the site in October 1878 under the name Clarkson, but changed its name to Fairport in 1881. The village of Fairport grew up around the mill and, by 1910, had local trade and a population of 75. The post office closed in 1959.

Geography

Fairport is located at 39°02′45″N 99°01′50″W / 39.04583°N 99.03056°W / 39.04583; -99.03056 (39.0458446, -99.0306464) at an elevation of 1,686 feet (514 m). It lies in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains on the Saline River which wraps around the east, north, and west sides of the town in a meander. Fairport is roughly 14 miles (22 km) northwest of Russell, the county seat.

Transportation

Paradise-Fairport Road, an unpaved east-west county road, enters Fairport from the east, turns north through the town, then turns west and exits the town, becoming Fairport-Natoma Road.

Education

Fairport had a two year high school in connection with the common school until 1940 when Fairport High School joined Paradise High School.

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