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Statistics & Facts

The Kansas state capital is Topeka.
The population of Emporia is approximately 25,512 (1990), 24916 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 10,732 (1990), 9812 (2010).
The amount of land area in Emporia is 23.765 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.15 sq kilometers.
The distance from Emporia to Washington DC is 1088 miles.
The distance to the Kansas state capital is 51 miles. (as the crow flies)
Emporia is positioned 38.41 degrees north of the equator and 96.19 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

The William Allen White House State Historic Site opened May 14, 2005.
William Allen White was an interesting man, an editorial career significant in the first half of the 20th century. Sixty one years after his death, White is still considered to be the most influential man in Kansas history. For more information, please go to this site for the Kansas State Historical Society. There are several interesting articles and the press kit has images of White with Einstein, Hoover and Teddy Roosevelt.
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Red Rocks the home of William Allen White, internationally known editor of the Emporia Gazette from 1899 until his death in 1944.

William Allen White
Home town of this famous editor of the Emporia Gazette. Peruse the various links on this page as well as the information under Historical Events
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Emporia City Government

Emporia City Clerk
Emporia, KS 66801
Phone: 620-342-5105

Emporia Historical Events

1899 to 1944
Red Rocks, the Whites’ House and a True-Blue Kansan
William Allen White
By Roger Wm. Heineken

Old Teddy, the fox terrier disappeared and didn’t come home. Three days later, William Allen White editorialized in his Emporia Gazette about the missing family friend. His words were published in newspapers throughout the country in those days and within the week hundreds of local calls and letters from all over the nation started pouring into the Gazette office. Those responding were reporting sightings or offering a pup from an out-of-state litter. Such was the fame and favor for this editor from Emporia.

White could and did write on all subjects; from the homey advice on preparing some favorite recipe, to a sarcastic assault on the Klan in Kansas, to suggesting that the “women’s clubs of America raise more hell and fewer dahlias”. His way with words made him the voice from the heartland and introduced him to the leading politicos, presidents, writers and social thinkers of the first half of the 20th century.

This link takes you to some of White’s well known editorials:

Many of these movers and shakers of American culture visited White at his beloved home, “Red Rocks”. The main-line of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe made Emporia an easy stop-off for a visit with the “Sage of Emporia” as he came to be known. “…there is no ocean trip, no month in the country, no known drug equal to the reviving quality of twenty-four hours spent on the front porch or in the sitting room of the Whites’ house in Emporia...” wrote Edna Ferber, the most successful female novelist in the first half of the 20th century and currently on the 83-cent US commemorative postage stamp.

See these images of White with Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Albert Einstein

Sixty years after he died on Kansas Day, White is still considered to be the most influential man in Kansas history. His statue is one of four gracing the second floor rotunda of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka joining the likes of Dwight Eisenhower, Amelia Earhart, and Arthur Capper.

Learn more about White and his career

In 2001 after 100 years of family ownership, White’s granddaughter, Barbara White Walker, gave the home and contents at 927 Exchange St. to the citizens of Kansas. With $ 700,000 in federal grants, “Red Rocks” has undergone cataloging, restoration, interpretation and ADA adaptation. The William Allen White House State Historic Site is the first historic property to deal with 20th century Kansas history. The house will be dedicated and opened to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 2:00 PM.

Keep posted on upcoming events at this page

Visit the William Allen White House State Historic Site and related Emporia sites to rediscover the life and times of a true-blue Kansan.

Emporia Chamber

Chamber Of Commerce
719 Commercial St
Emporia, KS 66801-2912
Phone: 620-342-1600

Emporia Organizations

Chamber Of Commerce
719 Commercial St
Emporia, KS 66801-2912
Phone: 620-342-1600

Emporia Libraries

State Library Of Kansas
1200 Commercial St
Emporia, KS 66801-5057
Phone: 620-343-7124

Emporia Schools

Emporia Unified Superintendent
501 Merchant St
Emporia, KS 66801-4060
Phone: 620-341-2200

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