Hunnewell, Kansas

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Hunnewell is a city in Sumner County, Kansas, United States, named for Boston financier and railway owner H. H. Hunnewell. The population was 83 at the 2000 census.



In its heyday, Hunnewell was serving as a shipping point for Texas cattle, and was a prosperous cattle town during the 1880s. The Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad provided quick access to the Kansas City, Kansas stockyards, and in the towns heyday it had one hotel, two general stores, one barber shop, two dance halls, and eight saloons. With little more than railroad workers and cowboys, violence was common. There were no lawmen to speak of during the 1880s in or around that area, and typically cattle rustling and other crimes were dealt with by the ranchers themselves. This culminated in the Hunnewell, Kansas Gunfight, on October 5, 1884. [1]


Hunnewell is located at 37°0′16″N 97°24′26″W / 37.00444°N 97.40722°W / 37.00444; -97.40722 (37.004497, -97.407234)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 83 people, 24 households, and 21 families residing in the city. The population density was 173.4 people per square mile (66.8/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 71.0/sq mi (27.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.59% White and 2.41% Native American.

There were 24 households out of which 58.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.2% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.5% were non-families. 8.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.46 and the average family size was 3.76.

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