Iatan, Missouri

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Iatan is a village in Platte County, Missouri, United States. The population was 54 at the 2000 census.

The community is said to derive its name from Iatan, a chief of the Otoe tribe who supposedly derived his name from battles with the Commanche who were sometimes also referred to as Iatan.[3]

Iatan, first settled by John Dougherty in 1837, was one of the first communities to be established after the Platte Purchase allowed white settlement on former Native American land (which was proclaimed in February 1837). It was initially an important trading port on the Missouri River but was soon overtaken by Weston, Missouri five miles (8 km) to the south and St. Joseph, Missouri 20 miles (32 km) to the north.[4]


Iatan Power Plants

The community's name is applied to the Iatan 1 and Iatan 2 coal-fired power stations for Kansas City Power & Light which is the largest coal fired generating plant in Missouri.[5]

The Iatan 1 plant which opened in 1980 has a 651 megawatt capacity and had a 700-foot (210 m) high chimney when it opened. The tower is higher than any occupied building in the state including the Gateway Arch.[6]

The Iatan 2 plant is scheduled to open in 2010 and will generate 850 Megawatts with a capacity to burn 494 tons of coal per hour. The new plant is to have a lower 60-foot (18 m) high mechanical cooling tower.[7]


Iatan is located at 39°28′32″N 94°58′57″W / 39.47556°N 94.9825°W / 39.47556; -94.9825 (39.475594, -94.982509)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.0 square miles (0.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 54 people, 22 households, and 13 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,399.0 people per square mile (521.2/km²). There were 24 housing units at an average density of 621.8/sq mi (231.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.

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