Hoisington, Kansas

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Hoisington is a city in Barton County, Kansas, United States. The population was 2,975 at the United States 2000 Census.



In 1886, a group of Barton County businessmen formed the Central Kansas Town Company and founded the town of Hoisington to attract the Kansas and Colorado Railroad to the area. They named the settlement after Andrew J. Hoisington, one of the company partners and a prominent businessman in nearby Great Bend.[3][4] The railroad reached Hoisington in the fall of 1886, and the settlement was incorporated as a city in 1887.[3] The post office, relocated from nearby Buena Vista, was renamed Hoisington in April 1887 as was the train station, originally named Monon, by 1889.[5]

Hoisington modernized and grew steadily over the following decades. The city's first power plant opened in 1903, and a city water system was completed in 1904. The railroad, known by that point as the Missouri Pacific, continued to play a central role in the city's development, employing 1,600 local men by 1911. Hoisington became a major freight and passenger operating division, complete with a roundhouse and shops. Electric street lights were installed in 1915, and the first streets were paved in 1917. The discovery of natural gas in the area in 1929, followed by the discovery of oil in the area in the 1930s, diversified and further stimulated the local economy.[3]

On April 21, 2001, Hoisington suffered a large scale disaster, when an F4 tornado ripped through the city, coming from the southwest corner and traveling almost straight into the middle of the city. However, the city's population and commerce recovered quickly.


Hoisington is located at 38°31′2″N 98°46′42″W / 38.51722°N 98.77833°W / 38.51722; -98.77833 (38.517301, -98.778422) at an elevation of 1,847 feet (563 m).[2][6] It lies on the southern edge of the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains. Blood Creek, which flows east into nearby Cheyenne Bottoms, passes immediately south of the city.[7] Central Hoisington lies 5.5 miles (8.9 km) by road northwest of Cheyenne Bottoms. Situated at the intersection of U.S. Route 281 and K-4 in central Kansas, Hoisington is roughly 15 miles (24 km) north of Great Bend, the county seat, 105 miles (169 km) northwest of Wichita, and 234 miles (376 km) west-southwest of Kansas City.[8] The city sits astride the line between North and South Homestead Townships.[9]

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