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Kansas

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Kansas is located in northwest Walker County in northwest Alabama, within the Cumberland Plateau physiographic section. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
The earliest known resident of what would become the town of Kansas was James Tittle, who purchased land and settled in the area in November 1822; others soon followed suit. The town was named after the state of Kansas. The first post office was established in 1855. In March 1865, during the Civil War, Union cavalry under the command of Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson raided Kansas in search of food for his troops and their animals. The town has been damaged twice by tornadoes. The first in 1917 significantly damaged the town and left two dead. The second occurred in 1961. The town was incorporated in 1956.
Demographics
Kansas's population according to the 2010 Census was 226. Of that number, 100.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $31,331, and the per capita income was $17,203.
Employment
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Kansas was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (31.9 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (18.1 percent)
· Retail trade (15.3 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (13.9   percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (9.7 percent)
· Construction (8.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (2.8 percent)
Education
Students in Kansas attend Walker County schools; no public schools are located within the town limits.
Transportation
State Highway 118 runs through the northeastern section of Kansas running northwest-southeast. U.S. Highway 78 is located about three miles north of town, running northwest-southeast.
Events and Places of Interest
On the Saturday before Memorial Day each year, the town celebrates "Kansas Day," which features food and an auction. All proceeds from the celebration go to the upkeep of the Kansas Veterans Memorial Park.

Additional Resources

Walker County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Walker County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Published:  August 22, 2016   |   Last updated:  August 22, 2016