Eskridge, KS


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Eskridge is a city in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. The population was 589 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In 1943, German and Italian prisoners of World War II were brought to Kansas and other Midwest states as a means of solving the labor shortage caused by American men serving in the war effort. Large internment camps were established in Kansas: Camp Concordia, Camp Funston (at Fort Riley), Camp Phillips (at Salina under Fort Riley). Fort Riley established 12 smaller branch camps, including Eskridge.
Eskridge is located at 38°51′31″N 96°6′27″W / 38.85861°N 96.1075°W / 38.85861; -96.1075 (38.858537, -96.107619). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.