Goessel, Kansas

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Goessel is a city in Marion County, Kansas, United States. It was named after Captain Kurt von Goessel (1852–1895) who went down with his ship, the Elbe, in the English Channel after it was rammed.[3] The population was 565 at the 2000 census.



The year 1874 saw the first wave of an immigration of Russian Mennonites to south-central Kansas. The move was an attempt to preserve religious heritage and freedom. During the next decade, one-third of Mennonites in Russia moved to North America.

The village of Alexanderwohl was founded in 1874. Dr. Peter Richert was looking to establish a hospital. He decided to locate the hospital in what is now Goessel. He had read the story of Captain Kurt von Goessel, who went down with his steamship Elbe in the English Channel. Dr. Richert decided to submit the name Goessel to the U.S. Postal Department, and it was accepted on April 13, 1895. In 1910, the population was 100 people. By 1952, it had grown to 260.

On March 13, 1990 an F5 tornado went through Gossel after merging with the Hesston tornado.[citation needed]


Goessel is located at 38°14′49″N 97°20′53″W / 38.246972°N 97.348178°W / 38.246972; -97.348178 (38.246972, -97.348178).[4] 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.

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