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Rishel, Kansas

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Although we found mention of Rishel during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Over time, we expect to discover additional information that will be added to our Gazetteer.

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Located in: Dickinson County (see below)

Time Zone: Rishel lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT)

Telephone Area Code: (785)

Elevation: 1,380 feet [420.62 m] above sea level<2>

GPS Coordinates (Latitude/Longitude)<3>

For the purpose of mapping and calculating distances, we have chosen a reference point within Rishel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6297, Longitude: -97.0142     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rishel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

DMS - Degrees, Minutes, Seconds

Lat:   38° 37' 46"
Lon:   -97° 0' 51"

Name of USGS Topo Map:<4>   Hope

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for Rishel

GNIS ID:   484801
FIPS State / Place Code:   20 / 59990

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for Rishel)

About Dickinson County

The community of Abilene is the County Seat for Dickinson County.

From the 2010 US Census     (For more detail, see our Census Page for Dickinson)


2018:<5>     18,717   (5.25% decrease since 2010)  
2010:     19,754   (2.12% increase since 2000)
2000:     19,344

Total Area:<6>   851 sq. miles [2,206.5 km²]

Housing Units:<7>   8,972

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Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for Dickinson

GNIS ID:   484990
FIPS State / County Code:   20 / 041

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for Rishel)

About Kansas

From the US Census


2018:     2,911,505   (2.05% increase since 2010)  
2010:     2,853,118   (6.13% increase since 2000)
2000:     2,688,418

Websites for State of Kansas

Official Website:

Federal GNIS/FIPS Codes for State of Kansas

GNIS ID:   481813
FIPS State:   20

(For more about Federal Codes, see our Misc Page for Rishel)

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Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Rishel and then turned east". While Rishel could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Rishel as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Miller Creek to see Pete ... Miller Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Rishel could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Kansas community named Rishel.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Rishel - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>The longitude & latitude values may not be the geographic center of Rishel, rather it may be a prominent intersection or the center of population, etc. It will vary depending on the source.

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<4>The USGS 7.5 Minute topographic map which includes Rishel.

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<5>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2018.

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<6>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Rishel. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements. For example, if there is a cluster of people living just outside of the community's official boundary, the Census-defined area might be expanded to include that group.

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<7>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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