Paradise, Kansas

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Paradise is a city in Russell County, Kansas, United States.[3] The population was 64 at the 2000 census.[1]



Paradise was founded in 1889. Originally it was named Ivamar, who according to legend, was a beautiful and popular young woman in the city.[4] The city was renamed "Paradise" after a hunting expedition led by James Meade stumbled upon the village, having trekked through miles of burnt prairie. On the other side of a creek was green grass, which looked like a paradise to the hunters, and thus the name was changed.


Paradise is located at 39°6′56″N 98°55′3″W / 39.11556°N 98.9175°W / 39.11556; -98.9175 (39.115445, -98.917428)[5] at an elevation of 1,693 feet (516 m).[2] It lies in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains approximately 6 miles (10 km) north of the Saline River on the north side of Paradise Creek, a tributary of the Saline, immediately west of the creek's confluence with Eagle Creek, which runs south along the city's east side.[3][6] Located in north-central Kansas 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of U.S. Route 281 on K-18, Paradise is approximately 127 miles (205 km) northwest of Wichita, 233 miles (375 km) west of Kansas City, and 15 miles (25 km) north-northwest of Russell, the county seat.[3][6][7]

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