Udall, Kansas

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Udall is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States. The population was 794 at the 2000 census.



Founded in 1881 by J.M. Napier and P.W. Smith, Udall was named after English author Cornelius Udall.

On May 25, 1955, the deadliest tornado to ever hit the state of Kansas struck Udall at 10:35 p.m. The town was demolished. No building within the city limits was untouched, including the grain elevator and water tower. 77 people in Udall lost their lives and another 270 were injured. 192 buildings, including 170 homes were destroyed. Before striking Udall, there were no warnings issued by the Weather Bureau, so the towns residents figured that they had seen the worst of it. Unknown to them, the same tornado had just laid waste to the city of Blackwell, Oklahoma, across the border from Udall. 20 Oklahomans died and 250 were injured in Blackwell. [1]


Udall is located at 37°23′13″N 97°7′4″W / 37.38694°N 97.11778°W / 37.38694; -97.11778 (37.386991, -97.117808)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 794 people, 302 households, and 221 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,645.7 people per square mile (638.7/km²). There were 322 housing units at an average density of 667.4/sq mi (259.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.73% White, 1.64% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.27% of the population.

There were 302 households out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.16.

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