Marion, Kansas

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Marion is a city in and the county seat of Marion County, Kansas, United States.[3] It was named for Francis Marion, a Brigadier General of the American Revolutionary War, known as the "Swamp Fox". [4] The population was 2,110 at the 2000 census.

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History

Originally the city was named Marion Centre, but was later shortened to Marion.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway Company built a line north-south through Marion.[5] It was renamed four times and currently named the Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

From 1964 to 1968, the Marion Reservoir was constructed north-west of Marion.

Geography

Marion is located at 38°20′56″N 97°0′58″W / 38.34889°N 97.01611°W / 38.34889; -97.01611 (38.348952, -97.016037)[6], in the scenic Flint Hills. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all of it land except Cottonwood River.

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