Oakley, Kansas

city in Kansas

Oakley is a city in Gove, Logan, and Thomas counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. It is also the county seat of Logan County.[6] In 2010, 2,045 people lived there.[7]

Oakley, Kansas
Gas station on US Route 40 near I-70 (2011)
Gas station on US Route 40 near I-70 (2011)
Location within Logan County and Kansas
Location within Logan County and Kansas
KDOT map of Logan County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°7′41″N 100°51′16″W / 39.12806°N 100.85444°W / 39.12806; -100.85444Coordinates: 39°7′41″N 100°51′16″W / 39.12806°N 100.85444°W / 39.12806; -100.85444
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountiesLogan, Thomas, Gove
Founded1884
Incorporated1887
Named forElizabeth Oakley Gardner Hoag
Government
 • MayorTimothy Whyte
Area
 • Total1.94 sq mi (5.02 km2)
 • Land1.94 sq mi (5.02 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
3,064 ft (934 m)
Population
 • Total2,045
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
2,098
 • Density1,100/sq mi (410/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67748
Area code785
FIPS code20-51825 [4]
GNIS ID0485446 [5]
Websitediscoveroakley.com

HistoryEdit

The area that would become Oakley was settled in the 1870s and 1880s by people on the Smoky Hill Trail. Oakley was created in 1884 by Judge Fredman and David D. Hoag. It was first named Carlyle. Its name was changed to Cleveland. The name changed again to Oakley in 1885. It was named after Hoag's mother, Elizabeth Oakley Gardner Hoag.[8]

GeographyEdit

Oakley is at 39°7′41″N 100°51′16″W / 39.12806°N 100.85444°W / 39.12806; -100.85444 (39.128023, -100.854490). It has an elevation of 3,064 feet (934 m).[5][9] It is about 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the South Fork of the Saline River in the High Plains region of the Great Plains.

The city is at the intersection of Interstate 70, U.S. Route 40, and U.S. Route 83 in northwest Kansas. It is in the northeast corner of Logan County, and portions of it extend into Gove County and Thomas County. Oakley is about 211 miles (340 km) northwest of Wichita, 227 miles east-southeast of Denver, and 335 miles (539 km) west of Kansas City.[10]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.94 square miles (5.02 km2). All of it is land.[1]

ClimateEdit

Oakley has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Oakley has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfa" on climate maps.[11]

PeopleEdit

Census Pop.
1890176
190026952.8%
1910681153.2%
192076812.8%
19301,15950.9%
19401,138−1.8%
19501,91568.3%
19602,19014.4%
19702,3276.3%
19802,3430.7%
19902,045−12.7%
20002,1736.3%
20102,045−5.9%
Est. 20162,098[3]2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 censusEdit

The 2010 census says that there were 2,045 people, 920 households, and 562 families living in Oakley.[2]

MediaEdit

The Oakley Graphic is the local newspaper. It is published once per week. The first edition of the newspaper was published on November 22, 1889.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  8. "History of Oakley". City of Oakley, Kansas. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  9. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. "City Distance Tool". Geobytes. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  11. Climate Summary for Oakley, Kansas
  12. "About this Newspaper: The Oakley graphic". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-09-27.

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