Facts About Fontana, Kansas
Fontana is a city in south central Miami County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 224. The name Fontana comes from the French word fontaine, meaning fountain or a spring-like water source. It was given to the small city from a spring near the town site. Fontana's history as a community dates back to the early 19th century, however incorporation did not occur until 1889.
Captain David Martin, a veteran of the War of 1812 received a land grant for 160 acres (0.65 km²) in Lykins County, Kansas (Miami County, Kansas) due to an 1855 congressional act. Part of this property would eventually become the townsite and rural community of Fontana. J.B. Grinnell purchased 120 acres (0.49 km²) of the property in 1869, and put Fontana in the center near a railroad right of way. The city was incorporated in 1889. Fontana is also the home of Painted Pony Package.
Fontana has a total area of 0.84 square miles (2.18 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 224 people, 72 households, and 55 families residing in the city. The population density was 266.7 inhabitants per square mile (103.0/km²). There were 84 housing units at an average density of 100.0 per square mile (38.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 2.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.
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