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Properties Near LEHIGH, KS

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Canton, KS

Welcome to this move-in ready 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow that sits on a corner lot! It has a spacious living room and formal dining room with main floor laundry. Recent updates include a new roof,...

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Hillsboro, KS

Affordable living with 2 bedrooms AND a bonus room on the main level (no closet). Floor plan that flows from the large living room into the dining room with built-ins to a galley kitchen (appliances...

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Galva, KS

Located just north of Galva on a paved road within minutes of I-135 and McPherson, this property has it all! Fully gutted and remodeled in 1989 and placed on a new basement, no expense was spared in...

 

Properties In MARION County

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Hillsboro, KS

Affordable living with 2 bedrooms AND a bonus room on the main level (no closet). Floor plan that flows from the large living room into the dining room with built-ins to a galley kitchen (appliances...

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Burns, KS

Experience a significant price improvement and discover the charm of this 2.27-acre wooded retreat in Marion County, just outside the peaceful town of Burns, Kansas. This potential off-the-grid...

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Hillsboro, KS

Looking for a home you can put your personal touches on!? This is it! This 3-bed 2-bath home is priced to sell! It has a nice lot, fresh paint inside and we are offering a $2,000 carpet allowance with...

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Lost Springs, KS

Whether you're seeking a serene retreat amidst nature's splendor or aiming to diversify your investment portfolio, this 78.9-acre parcel of Kansas land presents a rare opportunity. With its blend of...

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Peabody, KS

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Marion, KS

Calling all Angler and outdoor lovers looking for a great home on 5 acres and a profitable small business that is right near Marion Reservoir and Cottonwood cove campground. Walk into the bait shop...

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Peabody, KS

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Hillsboro, KS

Affordable living with 2 bedrooms AND a bonus room on the main level (no closet). Floor plan that flows from the large living room into the dining room with built-ins to a galley kitchen (appliances...

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Hillsboro, KS

Beautiful home on a piece of beautiful property!! Welcome to this 2014 Ward Craft custom home that sits on 5.75 acres in Marion County. Just a short 20 minutes from McPherson, Hesston, Moundridge or...

Lehigh is a city in Marion County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 161. It is located between Hillsboro and Canton on the north side of U.S. Route 56.

History

Early history

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Marion County was established within the Kansas Territory, which included the land for modern day Lehigh.

The source of the Lehigh name was not well documented. One of the rumors is the city being slightly higher altitude which was "lay high" above the prairie, the other rumor that it was named by representatives of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania who came to Kansas and considered settling the area in the 1870s or 1880s.

Four and one half miles north of Lehigh is the junction of the old Santa Fe Trail and Chisolm Trail, which is near the site of the municipal water well for the city. The Santa Fe Trail was active across Marion County from 1821 to 1866, and the Chisholm Trail was active from 1867 to 1871.

As early as 1875, city leaders of Marion held a meeting to consider a branch railroad from Florence. In 1878, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and parties from Marion County and McPherson County chartered the Marion and McPherson Railway Company. In 1879, a branch line was built from Florence to McPherson, in 1880 it was extended to Lyons, in 1881 it was extended to Ellinwood. The line was leased and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The line from Florence to Marion, was abandoned in 1968. In 1992, the line from Marion to McPherson was sold to Central Kansas Railway. In 1993, after heavy flood damage, the line from Marion through Lehigh to McPherson was abandoned and removed. The original branch line connected Florence, Marion, Canada, Hillsboro, Lehigh, Canton, Galva, McPherson, Conway, Windom, Little River, Mitchell, Lyons, Chase, Ellinwood. The 1879 depot from Lehigh was moved to Walton, Kansas.

A post office was established at Lehigh on April 23, 1880.

Lehigh was platted in 1881.

20th century

Lehigh was incorporated in 1901 and at the time of the 1910 census had a population of 385. At one time it boasted a bank, several mercantile businesses, and a German weekly Mennonite newspaper, Das Echo , started in 1897.

The National Old Trails Road, also known as the Ocean-to-Ocean Highway, was established in 1912, and was routed through Lehigh, Hillsboro, Marion, Lost Springs.

Geography

Lehigh is located at coordinates 38.3727872, -97.3030858 in the scenic Flint Hills and Great Plains of the state of Kansas. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all of it land. The county line is 3.5 miles west of Lehigh. The North and South Cottonwood River start a few miles northwest of Lehigh.

Area Events

  • Lehigh Antique Tractor & Engine Show, every Memorial Day.
  • Area attractions

  • Santa Fe Trail
  • [http://www.santafetrailresearch.com/main-route/santa-fe-chisholm-trail.html Santa Fe Trail / Chisholm Trail Marker], approximately 3.5 miles west and next to U.S. Route 56 highway.
  • Santa Fe Trail Markers, numerous markers in the area.
  • [http://www.santafetrail.org/chapters/cottonwood/CottonwoodCrossingAutoTour.pdf Santa Fe Trail Self-Guided Auto Tour].
  • Marion Reservoir, approximately 10 miles east of Lehigh.
  • Demographics

    2010 census

    As of the census of 2010, there were 175 people, 70 households, and 49 families residing in the city. The population density was . There were 84 housing units at an average density of . The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 2.9% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.

    There were 70 households, of which 32.9% had children under

    More about LEHIGH under "Town Info"

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