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Hesper, Kansas

Hesper, Kansas
Unincorporated community

Hesper Friends Church, organized in 1858.
Hesper, Kansas
Hesper, Kansas

Coordinates: 38°53′55″N 95°04′29″W / 38.89861°N 95.07472°W / 38.89861; -95.07472Coordinates: 38°53′55″N 95°04′29″W / 38.89861°N 95.07472°W / 38.89861; -95.07472

Country United States
State Kansas
County Douglas
Elevation 922 ft (281 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 479160[1]

Hesper is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Kansas located two and a half miles southeast of Eudora. Hesper was founded in 1858 by Quakers wanting to lend support to the free-state cause. In 1884, the Hesper Academy was opened but it closed in 1912.[2]

Friends University in Wichita was founded by James Davis, who was a native of Hesper.[3] The town is also the birthplace of college football legend John H. Outland, namesake of the Outland Trophy.


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