Girard Press Office (2012)
|Named for||Girard, Pennsylvania|
|• Total||2.44 sq mi (6.32 km2)|
|• Land||2.40 sq mi (6.22 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||981 ft (299 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,100/sq mi (440/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|FIPS code||20-26300 |
|GNIS ID||0469732 |
Girard was created in the spring of 1868. It was named after the town of Girard, Pennsylvania, the old home of Charles Strong. It was built around a railroad line of the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad. They built it there to try to gain an advantage over its rival, Crawfordsville.
The first post office in Girard was created in September 1868.
The first celebration in Girard happened on July 4, 1868, marking Sunday school and Independence Day. Under a law passed in March 1871, Girard became a third class city. In early April the first city officers were elected. The last meeting of the trustees was held April 5, and the first meeting of the new Council was held on April 7.
In May 2003, four people were killed and over a dozen injured by the biggest tornado in Crawford County. At least ten people died in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri. The Girard tornado was first rated as an F4, but is a strong candidate for an upgrade to F5 status.
Girard is at  The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 2.44 square miles (6.32 km2). Of that, 2.40 square miles (6.22 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.(37.510204, -94.844157).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Girard, Kansas.|
- Hometown Girard, local newspaper
- USD 248, local school district
- History of Girard
- “Carnegie Libraries: The Future Made Bright”, a National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan
- Girard Public Library
- Girard City Map, KDOT