Natoma, Kansas

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Natoma is a city in Osborne County, Kansas, United States.[2] The population was 367 at the 2000 census.[1]



Natoma was established in 1888, named after an American Indian railroad employee by a railroad officer. The name means "new born."[3] The first post office had opened under the name Tapley in December 1878, but changed its name to Natoma in July 1890.[4] Natoma incorporated as a city in 1905.[5]


Natoma is located at 39°11′21″N 99°1′29″W / 39.18917°N 99.02472°W / 39.18917; -99.02472 (39.189054, -99.024832)[6] at an elevation of 1,834 feet (559 m).[2] It lies in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) north of the Saline River.[7][8] Paradise Creek, a tributary of the Saline, flows southeast along the southern edge of the city.[8] Natoma is in north-central Kansas approximately 135 miles (218 km) northwest of Wichita and 230 miles (370 km) west of Kansas City.[9] Located on K-18, it is roughly 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Osborne, the county seat.[8]

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