Bethany, Missouri

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Bethany is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County, Missouri, United States.[3] The population was 3,087 at the 2000 census.


Bethany Falls Limestone

A limestone outcropping on Big Creek on the west side of town gives its name to the Bethany Falls Limestone formation. The falls no longer exist and only a small amount is exposed. However the formation extends through Kansas City, Missouri and limestone is used extensively in buildings in that city and the formation is the basis for Subtropolis which claims to be the world's largest manmade commercial cave. The formation got its name in 1862 in a study by G.C. Broadhead who did many of the geological surveys for Missouri at the time.[4][5][6][7]


Bethany is located at 40°16′0″N 94°2′2″W / 40.266667°N 94.03389°W / 40.266667; -94.03389 (40.266579, -94.034005)[8]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.5 km²), of which, 4.4 square miles (11.5 km²) of it is land and 0.22% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,087 people, 1,344 households, and 817 families residing in the city. The population density was 696.2 people per square mile (269.1/km²). There were 1,506 housing units at an average density of 339.7/sq mi (131.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.00% White, 0.10% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

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