Bunker Hill, Kansas

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Bunker Hill is a city in Russell County, Kansas, United States.[3] The population was 101 at the 2000 census.[1]



J. B. Corbett and V. Harbaugh, leaders of a colony from Ohio, founded Bunker Hill at a site on the Kansas Pacific Railway in the summer of 1871.[4] The settlement received its name from a Butterfield Overland Despatch station, built in 1865, that had preceded it on the site.[5] County commissioners declared Bunker Hill the county seat in 1872, but, two years later, a popular vote moved the seat to nearby Russell. Many Bunker Hill residents moved with it, stunting the growth and development of the town. By 1883, a small business community emerged, including a hotel, flour mill, and several shops.[4]


Bunker Hill is located at 38°52′29″N 98°42′10″W / 38.87472°N 98.70278°W / 38.87472; -98.70278 (38.874716, -98.702759),[6] at an elevation of 1,860 feet (567 m).[2] It lies in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains approximately 5 miles (8 km) north of the Smoky Hill River and 7 miles (11 km) south of the Saline River.[3][7] Wilson Lake lies roughly 6 miles (10 km) to the northeast.[7] Located in north-central Kansas, Bunker Hill is approximately 108 miles (174 km) northwest of Wichita and 221 miles (355 km) west of Kansas City.[8] Located 1 mile (1.7 km) north of Interstate 70, it is roughly 8 miles (13 km) east of Russell, the county seat.[7]

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