Pratt, Kansas

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Pratt is a city in and the county seat of Pratt County in the U.S. state of Kansas.[3] The population was 6,570 at the 2000 census.



Pratt was founded in 1884 [4] and named after Caleb S. Pratt, a young Civil War officer from the Kansas Infantry, who was killed in the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Missouri[5]

When the Parrish Hotel was built it was the tallest building in Kansas for a number of years.[citation needed]

The nearby Pratt Army Airfield Base served as the final staging area for B-29 outfitting in 1943-1945[5]

The Miss Kansas Parade and Contest is held here.[citation needed]

The state headquarters of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks was constructed southeast of the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.5 km²), of which, 7.4 square miles (19.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.59%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,570 people, 2,839 households, and 1,780 families residing in the city. The population density was 886.0 people per square mile (341.9/km²). There were 3,312 housing units at an average density of 446.6/sq mi (172.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.87% White, 1.00% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.46% of the population.

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