Hope, Kansas

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Hope is a city in southern Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. The population was 372 at the 2000 census. The motto of Hope is "There Will Always Be Hope In Kansas", which is also the name of a song.



In 1871, a group of about forty people, led by Newell Thurstin, began planning a town site in Hope. The town is said to be named after one of Thurstin's sons. A post office was also established that year.

David Jacob Eisenhower, the father of US President Dwight David Eisenhower, lived in a 160-acre (0.65 km2) ranch near Hope from 1878 to his enrollment at Lane University. He and his partner, Milton Good, operated a general store here in 1885.

Hope was incorporated in 1886, and at that time it had a population of over 700, larger than what it is today (see Hope Demographics). The arrival of the railroad one year before (see Hope Transportation) brought access of bustling Chicago to tiny Hope.


Hope is located at 38°41′22″N 97°4′37″W / 38.68944°N 97.07694°W / 38.68944; -97.07694 (38.689536, -97.076815)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.

There are two parks in Hope: one in the downtown area on Main Street and an older one in the northern edge of town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 372 people, 164 households, and 106 families residing in the city. The population density was 821.8 people per square mile (319.2/km²). There were 185 housing units at an average density of 408.7/sq mi (158.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.12% White, 0.81% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.27% Asian, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.

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