Walton, Kansas

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Walton is a city in Harvey County, Kansas, United States. It is named in honor of one of the stockholders of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.[3][4] The population was 284 at the 2000 census.



Walton was laid off as a town site in December 1871 by William Mathews. The first buildings constructed were William Mathews house, general store, railroad section house. On account of there being some difficulty in obtaining a perfect title to the lots, the place remained dormant until J.F. Watson filed a plat of the town in 1876.[3]

In 1871, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a line east-west through Walton.[5] In 1996, it merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the current BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".


Walton is located at 38°7′3″N 97°15′23″W / 38.1175°N 97.25639°W / 38.1175; -97.25639 (38.117601, -97.256478).[6], and being near the divide between Cottonwood and Arkansas Rivers and highest ground in Harvey County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

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