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Herington, Kansas
Aerial view of Herington (2013)
Aerial view of Herington (2013)
Location within Dickinson County and Kansas
Location within Dickinson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Dickinson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
Counties Dickinson, Morris
Founded 1880s
Incorporated 1887
Named for Monroe Herington
 • Type Commissioner-Manager
 • Total 4.85 sq mi (12.57 km2)
 • Land 4.83 sq mi (12.50 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,355 ft (413 m)
 • Total 2,109
 • Density 434.8/sq mi (167.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-31400
GNIS ID 476991

Herington is a city in Dickinson and Morris counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 2,109.


Early history

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

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 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1857, Dickinson County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Herington.

Herington was named after its founder, Monroe Davis Herington. His name at birth was Davis Monroe Herrington, but he later dropped the second "r" from his last name.

The first post office in Herrington was established in February 1884.

Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Dickinson County
1915 Railroad Map of Dickinson County

In 1887, Mr. Herington successfully got the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway to build through Herington. He gave the land and right-of-way for Herington to become a division point with shops, two round houses, freight house, bridge yards, telegraph office and many other buildings. He furnished the limestone for the freight house, and for a two story depot that was 28 by 66 feet (8.5 m × 20.1 m) and later enlarged to 28 by 105 feet (8.5 m × 32.0 m).

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Topeka to Herington. This main line connected Topeka, Valencia, Willard, Maple Hill, Vera, Paxico, McFarland, Alma, Volland, Alta Vista, Dwight, White City, Latimer, Herington.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway extended its main line from Herington to Pratt. This main line connected Herington, Ramona, Tampa, Durham, Waldeck, Canton, Galva, McPherson, Groveland, Inman, Medora, Hutchinson, Whiteside, Partridge, Arlington, Langdon, Turon, Preston, Natrona, Pratt. In 1888, this main line was extended to Liberal. Later, this line was extended to Tucumcari, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. This line is called the "Golden State Limited".

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington to Caldwell. This branch line connected Herington, Lost Springs, Lincolnville, Antelope, Marion, Aulne, Peabody, Elbing, Whitewater, Furley, Kechi, Wichita, Peck, Corbin, Wellington, Caldwell. By 1893, this branch line was incrementally built to Fort Worth, Texas. This line is called the "OKT".

The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway was foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

20th century

The National Old Trails Road, also known as the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, was established in 1912, and was routed through Herington, Delavan, Council Grove.

In World War II, Herington Army Airfield was built and was one of only two fields that processed heavy bombardment crews and equipment staging to the coasts for overseas duty. The field was later turned over to the City of Herington and is currently used as a municipal airport.


Herington is located at 38°40′19″N 96°56′44″W / 38.67194°N 96.94556°W / 38.67194; -96.94556 (38.671990, -96.945423). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.09 square miles (13.18 km2), of which, 5.06 square miles (13.11 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Area attractions

  • Herington Historial Museum, 800 S Broadway St.
  • Kansas Historical Marker - Dwight David Eisenhower, approximately 1 mi south on US-56. In 2012, the Eisnhower maker replaced the previous Father Juan De Padilla And Quivira marker.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,353
1900 1,607 18.8%
1910 3,273 103.7%
1920 4,065 24.2%
1930 4,519 11.2%
1940 3,804 −15.8%
1950 3,775 −0.8%
1960 3,702 −1.9%
1970 3,165 −14.5%
1980 2,930 −7.4%
1990 2,685 −8.4%
2000 2,563 −4.5%
2010 2,526 −1.4%
2020 2,109 −16.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,526 people, 1,082 households, and 666 families living in the city. The population density was 499.2 inhabitants per square mile (192.7/km2). There were 1,300 housing units at an average density of 256.9 per square mile (99.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.7% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.

There were 1,082 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 39.2 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.




From its beginnings, Herington has been a hub for the Rock Island, the Cotton Belt Route, Southern Pacific, and currently Union Pacific Railroad. UP still uses this as its hub on its system to this day. Herington has also been served by the Rio Grande, Missouri Pacific, and the Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad.


Airports include:

  • Herington Regional Airport, FAA:HRU.
  • ICAO:KHRU, located east of Herington.


Herington Carnegie Public Library (Kansas) front view
Herington Public Library

Primary and secondary education

The community is served by Herington USD 487 public school district. The high school is a member of T.E.E.N., a shared video teaching network between five area high schools.

Schools in Herington include:

  • Herington High School.
  • Herington Middle School.
  • Herington Elementary School.
  • Herington Little Railer Preschool.


The Herington Public Library is a Carnegie library.

Notable people

See List of people from Dickinson County, Kansas
  • Bruce P. Blake - Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Brad Crandall - radio personality
  • Louis Durant - racecar driver
  • John Eastwood - World War II US Army Air Forces chaplain
  • Emil Kapaun - Roman Catholic priest and Medal Of Honor recipient United States Army chaplain
  • Terry Nichols - accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
  • Calvin Wright - Idaho politician

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