Beloit, Kansas

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Beloit is a city in Mitchell County, Kansas, United States. The population was 4,019 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Mitchell County[3].



On permanent organization of the county in 1870, Beloit was selected as the county seat of Mitchell County, Kansas and is located northeast of the center of the county on the Solomon River. The town site of Beloit was first settled by A.A. Bell in 1868 with the idea of improving the water power and for some time was known as Willow Springs. Beloit sits at the junction of the Union Pacific and the Missouri Pacific Railroads. It has an altitude of 1,381 feet and is located 162 miles from Topeka.[citation needed]

Local legend has it that the local Indians advised Bell to locate the town at a certain bend of the Solomon river to protect the town from tornadoes. To this date, downtown Beloit has never been hit with a tornado, although outlaying areas have.[citation needed]

The town of Beloit was platted March 26, 1872 and the original description as found in the recorder's office covers all of Section 9, and the south half of the southeast quarter and south half of the southwest quarter of Section 4, Town 7 and Range 7 west. The proprietors of the town were T.F. Hersey, A.A. Bell, George Campbell, Alexander Campbell, C.H. Morrill, Edward Valentine, W.C. Ingram, Daniel Kepler and Vinton Whitehurst. The town grew very rapidly, and in July 1872, was incorporated as a city of the third class. On the 10th of March, 1879, Gov. John P. St. John proclaimed Beloit a city of the second class. Beloit was home to the Beloit Juvenile Correctional Facility of the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority.[4]


Beloit is located at 39°27′46″N 98°6′34″W / 39.46278°N 98.10944°W / 39.46278; -98.10944 (39.462700, -98.109531)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.75%) is water.

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