Codell, Kansas

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Codell is an unincorporated community in Township 12, Rooks County, Kansas, United States.


Codell was a station and shipping point on the Union Pacific Railroad.[1]

Codell is notable for its exceptional tornado history. On May 20 in 1916, 1917, and 1918, it was hit by tornadoes.[2] The 1918 tornado was the most destructive, and the town never fully recovered.[3]


It lies in the middle of the township, south of the city of Stockton (the county seat of Rooks County[4]) and near the southeastern corner of Rooks County. The community lies along the banks of Paradise Creek and an abandoned railroad line. The nearest city, Plainville, lies approximately 9 miles (14 km) away to the northwest by road; the community is connected via 24 Road to a state highway, K-18, which lies approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north.[5]

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  1. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc.. Standard Publishing Company. p. 382. 
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  3. ^ "History of Rooks County". Rooks County, Kansas. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ DeLorme. Kansas Atlas & Gazetteer. 4th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2009, 32. ISBN 0-89933-342-7.

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Coordinates: 39°11′36″N 99°10′38″W / 39.19333°N 99.17722°W / 39.19333; -99.17722