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Established: 1909

Population: 880

Elevation: 1,375 ft. Schools: Circle School District Amenities: Benton Air Park

In 1872, land 12 miles west of El Dorado on Highway 254 was organized as a township. In 1883, the Missouri Pacific Railroad came through the area and in 1909, the City of Benton was incorporated. Benton was named after Thomas Benton Murdock, who arrived with the first settlers in the area about 1870. The city received electricity in 1915, gas in 1916 and city water in 1953. Originally, Benton had a joint high school and elementary school, which was built in 1911. After some changes over the years, the school was consolidated with USD 375 in 1965. As part of the Circle School District, Benton is home to Benton Grade School, which serves students in grades kindergarten through sixth, and Circle Middle School, which serves those in seventh and eighth grade. After middle school, students attend Circle High School in Towanda. At Benton Grade School, students can grow their own vegetables and watch plants grow in the outdoor classroom known as Benton's Backyard. Benton also is home to the Lloyd Stearman Field and Benton Airpark. The airport hosts a fly-in Did you know: In 1883, the Missouri Pacific breakfast the third Saturday of every month and Railroad came through the area and in 1909, the has a 5,100-foot by 60-foot paved runway. There are City of Benton was incorporated. 24-hour credit card fuel, pilot weather and Internet


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