Jamestown, Kansas

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Jamestown is a city in Cloud County, Kansas, United States. The population was 399 at the 2000 census.

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History

The 1911 fire

In 1911 the entire downtown shopping district was destroyed by a fire. Few records remain of that fire, but the townspeople rebuilt the downtown shopping district.[3]

The 2000 fire

History repeated itself on January 28, 2000 when another fire consumed several buildings on Main Street and spread to the city hall. The fire chief and small group of volunteer firefighters worked nearly 24 hours without sleep to contain the fire. And again, history repeated itself as the town rebuilt. Mayor Judy Hill stated, "A fire like that can destroy a small town, but instead it ignited a community spirit here." In a few days, Jamestown was having town meetings to make plans for the future.[4]

Rebuilding the town

The funeral home in Jamestown was selected as the temporary city office and meeting place. More than 50 people (out of a population of 307 at the time) came to town meetings there and the citizens organized into several committees to begin work.

Today, Jamestown has a new community center with daycare facilities and a thriving downtown activities center with a health clinic, public library, and several businesses.[4]

Geography

Jamestown is located at 39°36′0″N 97°51′42″W / 39.6°N 97.86167°W / 39.6; -97.86167 (39.600031, -97.861759)[5]. 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.

Demographics

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