Erie, Kansas

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Erie is a city in Neosho County, Kansas, United States, situated in the valley of the Neosho River, about a mile Northeast of the river. The population was 1,211 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Neosho County[3].



A settlement named "Erie," later referred to as "Old Erie" and "Beantown, U.S.A," was platted 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of the present townsite, while another community, known as "Crawfordsville," was started two miles southeast of the current site. In 1866, the proprietors of these two towns made a compromise to abandon the towns and start a new one. They selected the present townsite for the new location. [4]

Erie's first fire company was established in November of 1866; its charter members were those men who had donated the land on which the community was built. The first log home in Erie was built in 1866, while the first businesses were built in the following year. By 1883, the city had two general stores, two blacksmith shops, one drug store, two hotels, one newspaper office, two churches, and a population of about 300.[4]

Erie was incorporated on December 25, 1869 with J. A. Wells, G. W. Dale, John McCullough, Isaac M. Fletcher and Douglas Putnam as trustees. On December 30, the trustees met and declared the town a city of the third class. In 1872, Erie was designated the county seat of Neosho County, defeating Osage Mission in a contentious election. After a lawsuit reached the Kansas Supreme Court, Erie retained the position of county seat.[4]


Erie is located at 37°34′7″N 95°14′33″W / 37.56861°N 95.2425°W / 37.56861; -95.2425 (37.568548, -95.242562)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), all of it land.

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