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Pleasanton, Kansas

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Pleasanton, Kansas
Location within Linn County and Kansas
Location within Linn County and Kansas
KDOT map of Linn County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°10′35″N 94°42′43″W / 38.17639°N 94.71194°W / 38.17639; -94.71194
CountryUnited States
Named forGeneral Alfred Pleasonton
 • TypeMayor–Council-Manager
 • MayorMike Frisbie
 • Total2.34 sq mi (6.05 km2)
 • Land2.08 sq mi (5.39 km2)
 • Water0.25 sq mi (0.66 km2)
860 ft (260 m)
 • Total1,216
 • Estimate 
 • Density557.85/sq mi (215.40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code913
FIPS code20-56450 [4]
GNIS ID0477924 [5]

Pleasanton is a city in Linn County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,216.[6]


In 1864, General Alfred Pleasonton defeated the Confederates in the Battle of Mine Creek near present-day Pleasanton. This battle, involving 25,000 men, resulted in a Union victory which ended the threat of Confederate invasion in Kansas.

Pleasanton had its start in the year 1869 by the building of the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis Railroad through that territory.[7] It was named in honor of General Alfred Pleasonton, though the city name is spelled differently.[8]

The first post office in Pleasanton was established in August 1869.[9]

Pleasanton's first church, namely the Fairmount Church, was constructed in 1884. On April 27, 2014 the church was destroyed by an EF2 tornado which also severely damaged the town's cemetery.[10][11]


Pleasanton is located at 38°10′35″N 94°42′43″W / 38.17639°N 94.71194°W / 38.17639; -94.71194 (38.176326, -94.711997).[12] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.05 square miles (5.31 km2), of which 1.80 square miles (4.66 km2) is land and 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2) is water.[13]

Pleasanton is approximately 67 miles (108 km) south of Kansas City.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pleasanton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,162[3]−4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,216 people, 528 households, and 324 families residing in the city. The population density was 675.6 inhabitants per square mile (260.9/km2). There were 607 housing units at an average density of 337.2 per square mile (130.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 528 households, of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 38 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.1% male and 54.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,387 people, 562 households, and 384 families residing in the city. The population density was 846.8 people per square mile (326.5/km2). There were 617 housing units at an average density of 376.7 per square mile (145.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.76% White, 0.65% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 562 households, out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,714, and the median income for a family was $32,014. Males had a median income of $24,917 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,309. About 18.8% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.


  • Pleasanton Public School district, USD 344
  • Pleasanton High School, mascot the "Blu-Jays".
  • Pleasanton Public Library


  • Pleasanton Antique Car Museum
  • Linn County Museum
  • Carpenter's Ol' Iron Motorcycle Museum


  • Linn County Newspaper
  • KPIO-FM 93.7 - Religious Network

Local networks that serve the Linn County, Kansas area include KCTV 5, Kansas City 41 Action News, KMBC-TV, WDAF-TV, The Four States Network, and KTWU-Topeka.

Notable people


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 13, 2011.[dead link]
  7. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. pp. 482.
  8. ^ General Pleasonton Days set for Oct. 6, 7, Fort Scott Tribune, 2007-10-03. Accessed 2008-06-02.
  9. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ "April 27, 2014 Bourbon and Linn County Tornado". National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  11. ^ Augustine, Martin. "Tornado flattens historic church in southeast Kan". KMBC9. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Pleasanton, Kansas

Further reading

External links

Historical photos
  • Photos of Mine Creek Battlefield, Civil War location, near Pleasanton: 1, 2
  • Photos in Pleasanton: 1, 2, 3
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