Moundridge, Kansas

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Moundridge is a city in McPherson County, Kansas, United States. The population was 1,593 at the 2000 census. The city is named for the settlement that became the incorporated city in 1887 located in Mound Township.

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History

The Moundridge area was settled by Mennonites soon after the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The museums in nearby Hillsboro and Goessel demonstrate the lives and times of these early settlers.

Between 1874 and 1880, of the approximately 45,000 Mennonites who had been living in South Russia, 10,000 departed for the United States and 8,000 for Manitoba. Available cropland in the central United States was similar to that in their homelands in the Crimean Peninsula. Since the central part of the state was settled, Kansas has enjoyed the reputation as the top wheat-producing state. Settlers in central Kansas, experienced in Russian methods of dryland farming and flour milling, introduced winter wheat in 1873 and quickly saw their industry become dominant.

Language

Virtually all of the original settlers of McPherson County spoke German, many exclusively. With the coming of the automobile and the importance of commercial participation with the English-speaking citizens, the use of German diminished in importance. The participation of the United States in World War I and II dramatically increased the use of English and by the early 1940s, ministers rarely preached in German. As of the year 2000, a very small number of German religious publications are available, primarily for use by elderly congregants.

Geography

Moundridge is located at 38°12′9″N 97°31′7″W / 38.2025°N 97.51861°W / 38.2025; -97.51861 (38.202497, -97.518506)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

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