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Canton, Kansas

Canton, Kansas
Location within McPherson County and Kansas
Location within McPherson County and Kansas
KDOT map of McPherson County (legend)
KDOT map of McPherson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County McPherson
Platted 1879
Incorporated 1880
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Total 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
 • Land 0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,591 ft (485 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 748
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 748
 • Density 1,500/sq mi (580/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67428
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-10475 [4]
GNIS feature ID 0485453 [5]

Canton is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 748.[6] It is named after Canton, Ohio.[7]


  • History 1
    • Early history 1.1
    • 19th century 1.2
  • Geography 2
  • Area attractions 3
  • Demographics 4
    • 2010 census 4.1
    • 2000 census 4.2
  • Government 5
  • Education 6
    • Primary and secondary education 6.1
  • Infrastructure 7
    • Utilities 7.1
  • Popular culture 8
  • See also 9
  • Further reading 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


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. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles.

19th century

1915 Railroad Map of McPherson County

In 1803, most of the land for Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, McPherson County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Canton.

From the 1820s to the 1870s, one of the most significant land routes in the United States was the Santa Fe Trail. It was located southeast of Canton. Two DAR markers were located on the trail near Canton, one at the Jones Cemetery east of Canton, and another south of Canton.[8] The trail was active across McPherson County from 1821 to 1866.[9]

As early as 1875, city leaders of Marion held a meeting to consider a branch railroad from Florence. In 1878, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and parties from Marion County and McPherson County chartered the Marion and McPherson Railway Company.[10] In 1879, a branch line was built from Florence to McPherson, in 1880 it was extended to Lyons, in 1881 it was extended to Ellinwood.[11] The line was leased and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The line from Florence to Marion, was abandoned in 1968.[12] In 1992, the line from Marion to McPherson was sold to Central Kansas Railway. In 1993, after heavy flood damage, the line from Marion through Canton to McPherson was abandoned and removed. The original branch line connected Florence, Marion, Canada, Hillsboro, Lehigh, Canton, Galva, McPherson, Conway, Windom, Little River, Mitchell, Lyons, Chase, Ellinwood.

After the railroad was built through the Canton area in 1879, the village grew to over 300 inhabitants, then it was incorporated as a city in 1880 and named after Canton, Ohio because an early settler came from Ohio.[7]

In 1887, the 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".


Canton is located at (38.387129, -97.427853).[14] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.29 km2), all of it land.[1]

Area attractions

  • Canton is the site of the McPherson County Fairgrounds. The McPherson County Fair has been held in Canton since 1948.[15]
  • Six miles north of Canton on 27th Avenue and one half-mile west on Pueblo Rd is the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. In fact, Canton has been identified as the "Gateway to Maxwell Wildlife Refuge."[16] This section of land is preserved natural prairie, comprising rolling hills, creeks, springs, and beautiful prairie grasses and wildflowers. Here 200 head of bison and 50 elk roam free. It was established in 1859 by John Gault Maxwell to allow future generations to experience Kansas as it was in the 1800s, prior to settlement.[17] This 2,254 acres (9.12 km2) refuge is owned and managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.[18]
  • Canton has two water towers, labeled "HOT" (in red) and "COLD" (in blue).[19] The words were painted on as a tourist attraction in 1956 at the suggestion of local real estate agent Mrs. M.D. Fisher.[20] In fact, both tanks hold water at an ambient temperature.[20]


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 748 people, 301 households, and 205 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,496.0 inhabitants per square mile (577.6/km2). There were 336 housing units at an average density of 672.0 per square mile (259.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 301 households of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 829 people, 315 households, and 230 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,669.0 people per square mile (640.2/km²). There were 342 housing units at an average density of 688.5 per square mile (264.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.71% White, 0.24% African American (two people), 0.12% Native American, 0.36% Asian (three people), 0.12% Pacific Islander (1 Native Hawaiian), and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 315 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,808, and the median income for a family was $45,357. Males had a median income of $30,556 versus $20,588 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,428. About 4.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.


The Canton consists of a mayor and five council members. The council meets the 1st Monday of each month at 7PM.[22]

  • City Hall, 100 South Main St.


Primary and secondary education

Canton is part of Unified School District 419.[23][24] This school district includes:

  • Canton-Galva Elementary School, located in Canton
  • Canton-Galva Middle School, located in Galva
  • Canton-Galva High School, located in Canton



  • Internet
  • TV
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water
    • City is provided by City of Canton.
    • Rural is provided by Marion County RWD #4.
  • Sewer
    • Service is provided by City of Canton.
  • Trash
    • Service is provided by McPherson Area Solid Waste Utility.

Popular culture

On July 21, 2008, [25] The comment resulted in a local uproar, which prompted Stephen to apologize for the story during his July 30, 2008, show, insisting that he was incorrect and that the "real" crappy Canton was Canton, Kansas, after which he made several jokes at the town's expense.[26][27] Reaction from Mayor Brad Smiley[28] and local residents was negative[29] and Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius invited Colbert to "spend a night" in Canton's historic jail.[30] On August 5, 2008, Colbert apologized to citizens of Canton, Kansas,[31] then continued the running gag by directing his mock derision in successive weeks towards Canton, South Dakota[32] and Canton, Texas.[33] On October 28, Colbert turned his attention back to Canton, Ohio after Barack Obama made a campaign stop there, forcing Colbert to find it "crappy".[34]

See also

Further reading

  • Canton, Kansas: History of the Canton Community, 1864-1988; Canton History Book Committee; 1988.


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  7. ^ a b History of Canton; City of Canton.
  8. ^ 1997 Survey of DAR Markers in Kansas
  9. ^ History of the Cottonwood Crossing Chapter, Santa Fe Trail Association.
  10. ^ Marion County Kansas : Past and Present; Sondra Van Meter; MB Publishing House; LCCN 72-92041; 344 pages; 1972.
  11. ^ Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Railroad Commissioners for the Year Ending December 1, 1886 in State of Kansas; Kansas Publishing House; 1886.
  12. ^ Railway Abandonment 1968
  13. ^ Rock Island Rail History
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  15. ^ "Our History". McPherson County Fair Association. 
  16. ^ "Canton, Kansas". Kansas State Library. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  17. ^ "The Maxwell Legacy". Maxwell Wildlife Refuge. 
  18. ^ "Maxwell Wildlife Refuge and McPherson State Fishing Lake" (PDF). Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  19. ^ "Water tower pics at Flickr". 
  20. ^ a b "Tank Labels Lure Visitors". Western Kansas Press. 1963-09-27. p. 1. 
  21. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ Canton - Directory of Public Officials
  23. ^ USD 419
  24. ^ Kansas School District Boundary Map
  25. ^ Gumbrecht, Jamie (2008-07-23). "Colbert's 'crappy Canton' comment puzzles mayor". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
  26. ^ Crawley, Paul (2008-07-31). "Colbert Apologizes To Canton... Sort Of". WXIA-TV. 
  27. ^ "Stephen Colbert slams Canton, Kansas". Kansas City Star. 2008-07-31. In "apologizing" to Canton, Ga., on Wednesday's "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert slammed Canton, Kan. 
  28. ^ Clouston, David (2008-08-06). "Colbert stuck on Cantons". The Salina Journal. 
  29. ^ Stader, Megan (2008-07-31). "Canton Reacts to Colbert Comments". Wichita, Kansas: KWCH-TV. 
  30. ^ "Colbert's remarks draws Kan. governor's response". Associated Press (KWCH-TV). 2008-07-31. 
  31. ^ Colbert, Stephen (2008-08-05). "Canton, Kansas Apology". The Colbert Report. 
  32. ^ "The Colbert Report pokes fun at Canton, S.D.". Argus Leader. 2008-08-06. 
  33. ^ "Stephen Colbert apologizes to Canton, S.D.". KTIV News Channel 4. 2008-08-13. 
  34. ^ "Canton, Ohio". 2008-10-28. 

External links

  • City of Canton
  • Canton - Directory of Public Officials
  • USD 419, local school district
  • Historic Images of Canton, Special Photo Collections at Wichita State University Library.
  • A Library Between The Pages on YouTube, from Hatteberg's People on KAKE TV news
  • Canton City Map, KDOT
  • Topo Map of Canton / Galva / Roxbury area, USGS
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