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Welcome to Harlan ...

Harlan is located in Smith County<1>.

We don't have a date for the establishment of Harlan.

The community of Harlan was previously named Thompson.

Harlan is 1,580 feet [482 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Harlan lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Harlan is located in the (785) area code.

Communities Also Named Harlan ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Kansas communities named Harlan: This one is located in Smith County and the other is located in Neosho County.

Beyond Kansas, there are 10 communities that are also named Harlan - they are located in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Harlan.

Communities near Harlan ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Harlan.

  • Smith Center [Smith County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smith Center
    • Smith Center [Smith County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<3> to the north of Harlan
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,553 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smith Center have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smith Center
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Smith Center<5>
  • Osborne [Osborne County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osborne
    • Osborne [Osborne County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<3> to the south of Harlan
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,280 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Osborne have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former name for Osborne:
    • Penn
    • Osborne has also been known as:
    • Peru
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Osborne
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Osborne<5>
  • Downs [Osborne County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Downs
    • Downs [Osborne County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<3> to the southeast of Harlan
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 818 people
    • Former name for Downs:
    • Violet
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Downs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Downs<5>
  • Kensington [Smith County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kensington
    • Kensington [Smith County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<3> to the northwest of Harlan
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 433 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kensington
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Cawker City [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cawker City
      • Cawker City [Mitchell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<3> to the east of Harlan
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 426 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cawker City have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cawker City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cawker City<5>
    • Lebanon [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lebanon
      • Lebanon [Smith County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<3> to the northeast of Harlan
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 195 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lebanon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lebanon<5>
    • Kirwin [Phillips County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kirwin
      • Kirwin [Phillips County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<3> to the west of Harlan
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 154 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kirwin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kirwin<5>
    • Gaylord [Smith County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gaylord
      • Gaylord [Smith County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<3> to the northwest of Harlan
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 104 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gaylord have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gaylord
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gaylord<5>
    • Portis [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portis
      • Portis [Osborne County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<3> to the southeast of Harlan
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 92 people
      • Former name for Portis:
      • Bethany
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portis
    • Alton [Osborne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alton
      • Alton [Osborne County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<3> to the southwest of Harlan
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 92 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Former names for Alton:
      • Bull City
      • Bull's City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alton

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Harlan. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Harlan.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Harlan. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Harlan.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Harlan. See our Newspapers Page for Harlan.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Harlan ...

Looking for more information about Harlan? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Harlan, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Harlan.

Adding Harlan to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Harlan in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Harlan was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Harlan on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Kansas (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Harlan on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Harlan. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Kansas: https://portal.kansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kansas' counties, including Smith, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Harlan - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Harlan) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Harlan. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from HarlanOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harlan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6069, Longitude: -98.7669    
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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