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La Harpe, Kansas
Aerial View of La Harpe (2013)
|Named for||La Harpe, Illinois|
|• Total||0.80 sq mi (2.08 km2)|
|• Land||0.80 sq mi (2.08 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||1,033 ft (315 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||660.02/sq mi (254.97/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
La Harpe was founded by the Fort Scott, Wichita & Western Railroad company (later the Missouri Pacific), and was platted in 1881. It was named after La Harpe, Illinois and they both commemorate a prominent French explorer of the southern Great Plains of North America, Bernard de la Harpe
When natural gas was discovered in the immediate vicinity in 1899 the city began to grow more rapidly and soon rose to be a city of importance. It was incorporated as a city of the second class, and in 1910 had some of the largest zinc smelters in the world, two banks, an opera house, several good mercantile establishments, a newspaper, and all the municipal improvements usually found in cities of that class. The population that year was 2,080. Its post office, first opened in November 1881, was authorized to issue international money orders, and two rural routes supplied mail to the surrounding country.
La Harpe is located at U.S. Route 54 in the central part of Allen County, La Harpe is about 5½ miles east of the city of Iola (the county seat), 2½ miles east of Gas, and about seven miles west of the junction of U.S. Routes 54 and 59 and the city of Moran.(37.915631, -95.299729). Situated along
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2), all of it land.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 578 people, 234 households, and 161 families residing in the city. The population density was 704.9 inhabitants per square mile (272.2/km2). There were 273 housing units at an average density of 332.9 per square mile (128.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 1.4% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 234 households, of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.2% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.91.
The median age in the city was 42.2 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.1% male and 47.9% female.
La Harpe is a part of USD 257 Iola. The Iola High School mascot is Mustangs.
La Harpe schools were closed through school unification. The La Harpe High School mascot was La Harpe Panthers.
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