New Strawn, Kansas

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New Strawn is a city in Coffey County, Kansas, United States. The population was 425 at the 2000 census.



The town of New Strawn came about when John Redmond Reservoir was built, causing the original town of Strawn to be claimed by the Army Corp of Engineers for flood area. (Land available for flooding during a rain, or in case of excess rain up river.) The old city of Strawn is usually available for exploration. The streets are still distinguisable, although the land was rescaped after the demolition of the buildings. New Strawn is noted in the area for the top-notch fishing in its city lake, and for its professional grade, choreographed, Fourth of July Fireworks show. An excellent history of "Old Strawn", which was relocated to the site of New Strawn, was written by Mary Lou DeLong Atherly; it is titled "Yesterday's Tomorrow: A History of Strawn, Kansas & Surrounding Territory"[3], and is available through the Coffey County Museum in Burlington.

The last infant born within the city limits of Strawn was Angelea Wheeler, daughter of Albert and Thelma Wheeler. The last infant born to a Strawn address outside the city limits was Joyce Hutchinson, daughter of Sammy and Marion Hutchinson. These were both home births.

The school at Strawn was a two room school with first through fourth grades in one room and fifth through eighth grade in the second room. Church services were held in the same building on Sunday. Mary Strawn taught the 1-4 room in 1961-62 while her daughter Sylvia Robraun taught the 5-8 room. Some students at the time the school was closed follow: Virginia and Norma Griffin; Brenda and Linda Thompson; Orville, Joyce and Sheryl Hutchinson; Jim and Joe Anderson and their sister Barbara;


New Strawn is located at 38°16′N 95°44′W / 38.267°N 95.733°W / 38.267; -95.733 (38.2628, -95.7411)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (4.49%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 425 people, 150 households, and 120 families residing in the city. The population density was 496.9 people per square mile (190.8/km²). There were 164 housing units at an average density of 191.8/sq mi (73.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.53% White, 1.65% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

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