Plainville is a city in Rooks County, Kansas, United States. The population was 2,244 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rooks County.
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Location of Plainville
Plainville is located in Rooks County in the northwest part of Kansas. The city is situated along the Solomon River. The area around Plainville was first settled in the 1870s.
Plainville is located in north-central Kansas, in the Solomon River valley. The town lies just south of the Smoky Hill River, about midway between the cities of Russell (to the west) and Phillipsburg (to the east). Plainville is approximately 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Wichita, 190 miles (310 km) southwest of Omaha, and 200 miles (320 km) northeast of Denver.
Plainville is situated at an elevation of 1,835 feet (559 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.62 square miles (1.61 km2), all land.
History of Plainville
Plainville is a city in Rooks County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 803.
The first settlers of Plainville arrived in the spring of 1867. They found an abundance of buffalo grass and plenty of water from a creek that flowed through the area. The first post office in Plainville was established in 1875. The community was named for its surroundings being “plain”.
In 1887, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a branch line from Neva (3 miles west of Bogue) through Plainville to Stockton, Kansas. In 1996, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the present BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as “the Santa Fe”.
Demographics of Plainville
The City of Plainville is located in the north-central part of the state of Kansas. The city is situated in Rooks County, and as of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 2,233. The city’s racial makeup was 96.0% White, 0.9% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
As of the 2010 census, the city population was 2,464. The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3%, 1% from two or more races.
As of the 2010 census, the racial makeup of Plainville was 96.7% White, 0.8% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,365, and the median income for a family was $38,125. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $21,471 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,612. About 12.3% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over
Attractions in Plainville
Plainville is a small town in Phillips County, Kansas, United States. The population was 952 at the 2010 census. Plainville is home to the Landmark Inn State Historic Site, the only remaining roadside inn along the Santa Fe Trail. The inn was built in 1879 and is now a museum.
Rooks County Courthouse
The Rooks County Courthouse in Plainville, Kansas, was built in 1909. It is the county’s second courthouse. The first was built in 1878, but it was destroyed by a tornado in 1908. The present courthouse was built on the same site as the first one. The Rooks County Courthouse is a three-story brick building with a central clock tower. It is located on Main Street in Plainville.
Big Rooks County Lake
Big Rooks County Lake is a man-made lake located in Plainville, Kansas. The lake was created in 1969 by the construction of a dam on the Solomon River. The lake covers an area of 1,200 acres and has a maximum depth of 30 feet. Big Rooks County Lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and swimming. The lake is home to a variety of fish species including largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish.
Rooks County Museum
Rooks County Museum is devoted to the history of Rooks County and the communities within its borders, including Bogue, Damar, Greenleaf, Graham, Parker, Palco, Plainville, Stockton and Woodston. The museum is located in Stockton and features three floors of exhibits. The first floor features a pioneer kitchen, living room and parlor. The second floor has a schoolroom, doctor’s office and general store. The third floor contains a military room and an art gallery.