Fairview, Kansas

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Fairview is a city in Brown County, Kansas, United States. The population was 271 at the 2000 census.



Fairview is located at 39°50′24″N 95°43′39″W / 39.84°N 95.7275°W / 39.84; -95.7275 (39.839885, -95.727369)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


Although Fairview is mostly a bedroom community to the employees and students of nearby Sabetha and Hiawatha, a few essential businesses thrive. Farmers State Bank on Commercial Street still provides hometown service. Fairview has successfully maintained a post office.

Food is available from three locally owned restaurants. The Cozy Cafe, formerly run by the three Fanning sisters, is still thriving under the ownership of Linda Lehmkuhl. The Cozy offers breakfast and lunch during the week and a Saturday breakfast menu. Philly's, on U.S. Route 36 at the former location of the Drive-In, serves lunch several days a week and dinner several evenings a week. Checkers, a restaurant owned and operated by native Butch Rogers, is open for dinner 7 days a week. Checkers has expanded twice in recent years to accommodate the hungry citizens of Brown County and Nemaha County who drive for the excellent food and prices.

The Fairview Enterprise is the weekly paper produced locally and includes not only news of interest but also social summaries about residents and former residents.

Holthaus Motors was founded in 1982 and renamed Holthaus Autohaus in 2000. It is a major player in the used car/truck/suv market in NE Kansas and SE Nebraska. Owner Les Holthaus is a native of Nemaha County. The dealership is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 36 & 75 at 720 W Oak in Fairview.

Other services available from local business owners include welding, electrical, trash collection, and plumbing.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 271 people, 132 households, and 71 families residing in the city. The population density was 912.0 people per square mile (348.8/km²). There were 149 housing units at an average density of 501.4/sq mi (191.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.20% White, 3.32% African American, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

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