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Louisburg, Kansas
—  City  —
Location of Louisburg, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°37′11″N 94°40′45″W / 38.61972°N 94.67917°W / 38.61972; -94.67917
Country United States
State Kansas
County Miami
 - Total 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 - Land 3.3 sq mi (8.6 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,093 ft (333 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,576
 - Density 775.1/sq mi (299.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 66053
Area code(s) 913
FIPS code 20-42875[1]
GNIS feature ID 0479419[2]

Louisburg is a city in Miami County, Kansas, United States. The population was 2,576 at the 2000 census.



Prior to the American Civil War, the land of what is now called Louisburg was part of that reserved for members of various tribes of Native Americans that were ceding their lands in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.[3] Settling there were the Peoria, Wea, Piankeshaw, and Kaskaskia tribes [4] which together eventually became the Confederated Tribe of Peoria.[3] Traders and missionaries often visited the area, and by 1854 settlers began moving nearby, establishing homes.[4] Upon the organization of the state of Kansas in 1861, the Confederated Tribes were being charged with taxes, and the new state laws conflicted with their own. By 1866, following the American Civil War, the government moved the Confederated Tribe of Peoria to Oklahoma[3], and the land they once occupied was sold to settlers.[4] A community of homes resulted by 1867, and was called St. Louis. Soon, it was often referred to as New St. Louis or Little St. Louis as an effort to distinguish it from St. Louis, MO located on the banks of the Mississippi River. From 1868-1870 the settlement of Little St. Louis grew to include businesses and churches, and a railroad depot was to be completed. Because the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad (MKT Railroad) would be coming to serve the community, and to avoid additional confusion, Little St. Louis was renamed Louisburg in 1870. The railroad depot was completed by 1871, and Louisburg's first school opened the same year.[5] The community had some disorder during this time. As a town near the border, there remained conflicts between Kansas Jayhawkers and Missouri Raiders. In addition, the railroad tracks running through the community divided it into north and south areas. Around 1875, many businesses and homes were moved from north of the railroad to the south, and formed what was to become downtown Louisburg.]].[6] Louisburg was incorporated as a city of the third class November 3, 1882, and held its first city election two weeks later on November 17, 1882. The population was listed as 400, and 141 of those residents voted in the first election.[5] In the early 1900's Louisburg's downtown had a variety of businesses such as retail stores, supply stores, livery stables, a hotel,[6] and large nurseries. By 1910 the population was 603, and Louisburg was known as a good supply town for agricultural districts.[5] By the 1920's, the town also had a gas station, as automobile ownership and traffic through town had increased. By the late 1950's the MKT Railroad ended its service to Louisburg, but because K-68 went through town and US 69 Highway and K-68 intersected near town, growth continued.[4]


The Little Round House

The Little Round House

The The Little Round House was originally an addition to a front porch for a Victorian-style house in the nearby town of Paola, and was called such because it was indeed round in shape. Because of increased truck traffic from Missouri on K-68 through town, Louisburg was contacted by the State of Kansas about needing an inspection station. As a solution, the Little Round House was moved to Louisburg in the 1930's to serve as a border checkpoint office. As years passed, the Little Round House became a home to a variety of small businesses, and had been used as temporary housing during World War II.[4] The shape and size aided in it becoming a landmark to Louisburg.[5] In 2005, The Little Round House was moved from its original location to the Louisburg City Lake, and has been restored by the community due to its historical value to the town.[4]

Frontier Military Scenic Byway

Along the west side of Louisburg and close to U.S. Route 69, runs part of the Frontier Military Scenic Byway, a 168 mile long route from near Leavenworth, Kansas to the border of Oklahoma. The byway closely follows a road originally built between 1838-1844 that was used to transport soldiers and supplies from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas to Fort Scott in Kansas and to Fort Gibson in Oklahoma.[7]


Louisburg Aquatic Center

Louisburg is surrounded by wooded hills, streams, and prairie. Many residents make the 20-minute commute to the Kansas City Metro Area for work, but prefer the small-town atmosphere for living and raising their families. The city government, Louisburg Chamber of commerce, community businesses, schools, and churches provide a large variety of indoor and outdoor activities each year. Many are attended by residents of Louisburg and also individuals and families from communities nearby.[7]


Recreation in Louisburg includes several options. The Middle Creek State Fishing Lake is nearby for fishing, and the Louisburg City Lake has a 1.5 mile paved pathway around it for individuals to walk or jog.

Powell Observatory

Additionally, Louisburg has the Louisburg Aquatic Center for swimming, a 9-hole public golf course, a city park, and the Lewis-Young Park which has softball, baseball, and soccer fields that are used day and night. Also located at Lewis-Young Park is the Powell Observatory, which was built in 1984 by members of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City. The observatory's telescopes include one of the largest in the region, which is also one of the few in the nation of its size that is made available for public viewing. The observatory regularly schedules viewings available to the public, and also provides shows that are intended to educate individuals about astronomy. Private viewings can also be scheduled. Also near Louisburg is Middle Creek Theatre - Rutlader Outpost, which has an RV park for those who camp and listen to the live music and entertainment, and an antique store for shopping.[7]


The public schools that comprise the Louisburg Unified School District #416 are:

  • Rockville Elementary (grades Pre K-2)
  • Broadmoor Elementary (grades 3-5)
  • Louisburg Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Louisburg High School (grades 9-12)

The Louisburg Middle School has achieved building wide Standard of Excellence Awards on state assessment tests in reading from 2006-2008, and in math from 2007-2008.[8]


Louisburg is located at 38°37′11″N 94°40′45″W / 38.61972°N 94.67917°W / 38.61972; -94.67917 (38.619751, -94.679050)[9].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.63%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,576 people, 946 households, and 687 families residing in the city. The population density was 775.1 people per square mile (299.6/km²). There were 1,026 housing units at an average density of 308.7/sq mi (119.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.21% White, 0.31% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.05% of the population.

There were 946 households out of which 40.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,500, and the median income for a family was $51,729. Males had a median income of $33,783 versus $29,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,560. About 2.8% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ a b c "The Tribes of the Illinois Confederacy". rootswebancestry.com. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~itquapaw/illinois/illinois.html. Retrieved 2009-09-25.  
  4. ^ a b c d e f "History of Louisburg". Louisburg Chamber of Commerce. http://louisburgkansas.com/history-of-louisburg. Retrieved 2009-09-25.  
  5. ^ a b c d "Louisburg Kansas The Early Years". City of Louisburg. http://www.louisburgks.net/history.html. Retrieved 2009-09-25.  
  6. ^ a b "Miami County 2008 Visitors Guide", pages 8-9
  7. ^ a b c "Miami County 2009 Visitors Guide", pages 6-7
  8. ^ "Louisburg USD 416". Louisburg USD 416. http://www.usd416.org. Retrieved 2009-09-28.  
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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