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Scammon, Kansas
Scammon, circa 1900-1910
Scammon, circa 1900-1910
Location within Cherokee County and Kansas
Location within Cherokee County and Kansas
KDOT map of Cherokee County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Cherokee
Founded 1884
Platted 1884
Incorporated 1888
Named for Scammon brothers
Area
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
899 ft (274 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 482
 • Estimate 
(2019)
444
 • Density 708.13/sq mi (273.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66773
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-63325
GNIS ID 469615

Scammon is a city in Cherokee County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 482.

History

Scammon was laid out in 1884. It was named for the four Scammon brothers, who operated the first mine there. David Mackie (1836–1910) was a founder and builder of Scammon, and the first President of the Scammon State Bank. The community was known as Stilson when it was first settled. The town was known as Scammonville for a short time before adopting the current name.

The first post office at Scammonville, established in 1879, was renamed Scammon in 1890.

The local railroad history group Heart of the Heartlands, based in Scammon and nearby unincorporated Carona, has restored the old Carona depot as a museum.

Geography

Scammon is located at 37°16′42″N 94°49′16″W / 37.27833°N 94.82111°W / 37.27833; -94.82111 (37.278240, -94.820984). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 748
1900 1,549 107.1%
1910 2,233 44.2%
1920 1,694 −24.1%
1930 1,093 −35.5%
1940 737 −32.6%
1950 561 −23.9%
1960 429 −23.5%
1970 457 6.5%
1980 501 9.6%
1990 466 −7.0%
2000 496 6.4%
2010 482 −2.8%
2019 (est.) 444 −7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 482 people, 192 households, and 128 families living in the city. The population density was 753.1 inhabitants per square mile (290.8/km2). There were 219 housing units at an average density of 342.2 per square mile (132.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 192 households, of which 37.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

Notable people

  • George Barr, umpire.
  • Rube Ferns, boxer.
  • Fred McMullin, baseball player.
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