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The location of Scipio









Although we found mention of Scipio during our research, we have little information about it.<1> We believe that Scipio had a post office at one time. We have done a cursory search and haven't been able to find any evidence that the community still exists..


Various Identification Codes ...

GNIS Codes ...

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. The BGN will usually recognize an existing name or, when necessary, establish a name for a geographic feature (such as a mountain, lake, river, stream, city, town, village, dam, bridge, etc).

The BGN names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) and it is the official Federal repository. The GNIS is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent code has been assigned for each name in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive and it is intended that they are to be used by all departments of the Federal Government:

GNIS ID for Scipio: 477662

GNIS ID for Anderson County: 484971

GNIS ID for Kansas: 481813

FIPS Codes ...

In a past effort, various federal agencies created a set of codes with a purpose similar to the GNIS codes. These codes are called the Federal Information Processing Standard (or the FIPS 55 codes). Although they are still used by some organizations, the FIPS codes are obsolete and will ultimately be replaced by the GNIS codes.

The following FIPS codes apply to Scipio:

Place (Community) Code:  63475
State Code:  20 (Kansas)
County Code:  003 (Anderson County)

Since the Place and County FIPS codes are not unique and can be repeated in other States, it's necessary to combine the State code with the Place and County FIPS codes to uniquely identify them - for example:

State/Place Code:  20/63475
State/County Code:  20/003

As already mentioned, the FIPS codes are to be replaced by the GNIS codes. The following reflect those changes:

 FIPS Code   translates to   GNIS Code
State of Kansas:    20   481813
Anderson County:    20/003   484971
Scipio:    20/63475   477662

GPS Location - GNIS Coordinates ...

An important aspect of the GNIS code is that it assigns a GPS location (the latitude/longitude) to the geographic feature. This location is simply a point on the map and does not represent the size or shape of the feature. In the case of Scipio, it is a point within Scipio that might be a post office, the city hall or simply an intersection - the point should really be considered arbitrary and only indicating a general location.

For Scipio, the GNIS GPS location is given as:

Lat:   38° 22' 6"   (or 38.37°)

Lon:   -95° 13' 3"   (or -95.22°)   [Map]

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Regional Codes ...

For statistical purposes, the US Census Bureau has divided the country into four Regions. Scipio is located in Region #2 (the Midwest Region).

In turn, the US Census Bureau has further divided each Region into Divisions. Scipio is located in Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created ten Federal Regions. Scipio is located in Region VII (Region 7).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created ten Management Regions. Scipio is located in Region VII (Region 7).

Referenced GNIS Records ...

GNIS ID #477662   (Name of Record: Scipio)

Class: populated place

A place or area having clustered or scattered buildings and a permanent population (such as a city, settlement, town or village). The boundaries may or may not coincide with the perceived population.

A 'populated place' record may have a corresponding 'census' or 'civil' record. The information contained in the 'populated place' record applies only to the class and should not be confused with either the 'census' and 'civil' classes.

County: Anderson

Map Name: Garnett East

Lat: 38.3683523       Lon: -95.2177513   [Map]

Elev: 312 ft.

Referenced FIPS Records ...

FIPS Code: 20/63475   (Place Name: Scipio)

County: Anderson     (FIPS State/County: 20/003)

Class: U6

Identifies a populated place (ie- Scipio) that is wholly or substantially located outside the boundaries of any incorporated place or CDP (Census Designated Place) that has an authoritative common name recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

The official website of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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 north past Scipio and then turned west". While Scipio could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Scipio 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Scipio 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.

Just in case there has been confusion between counties, we found that there are two Kansas communities named Scipio: This one is located in Anderson County and the other is located in Franklin County. For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Scipio.

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