Junction City, Kansas

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Junction City is a city in Geary County, Kansas, United States. The population was 18,886 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Geary County[3]. Fort Riley, a major U.S. Army post, is nearby. Junction City is part of the Manhattan, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Junction City is located between the Smoky Hill and Republican on the west side where they merge to form the Kansas River.

In 1853 Fort Riley was established on the northeast side of the confluence.

In 1854 Andrew J. Mead of New York of the Cincinnati-Manhattan Company, Free Staters connected to the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company planned a community there called Manhattan (there was also a discussion to call it New Cincinnati).[4] When the steamship Hartford delivering the immigrants could not reach the community because of low water on the Kansas River, the Free Staters settled 20 miles east in what today is Manhattan, Kansas. The community was renamed Millard City for Captain Millard of the Hartford on October 3, 1855. It was renamed briefly Humboldt in 1857 by local farmers and renamed again later that year to Junction City.[5] It was formally incorporated in 1859.[4]

Joseph Stanley Pennell, author of the 1944 novel The History of Rome Hanks and Kindred Matters, was born in Junction City on July 4, 1903.

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