Lyons, Kansas

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Lyons is a city in Rice County, Kansas, United States. The population was 3,732 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Rice County[3].

Although Coronado's exact route across the plains is uncertain and has been widely disputed, he and his men are thought to have camped near the present location of Lyons on their quest for Quivira, a place said to be fabulously wealthy in gold. West of Lyons is a cross commemorating Juan de Padilla, a member of Coronado's expedition who is considered the first Christian martyr in North America.

Lyons' Main Street (U.S. Highway 56) sits on the former location of the Santa Fe Trail.



Lyons is located at 38°20′42″N 98°12′9″W / 38.345°N 98.2025°W / 38.345; -98.2025 (38.344962, -98.202493)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,732 people, 1,546 households, and 1,032 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,732.5 people per square mile (670.2/km²). There were 1,738 housing units at an average density of 806.8/sq mi (312.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.16% White, 1.96% African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 3.75% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.03% of the population.

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