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Travel and Life In Mulberry, Kansas

Updated on October 10, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 30 years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Kansas State Flower' Sunflower
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Reviewing Mulberry, Kansas: Contents

This article will include

  1. Information about the following features and
  2. Links for gathering the latest information:
  • Location and Description
  • Background and History
  • Business Status and Economic Development / Employment Outlook
  • Higher Education
  • PreK - 12 School System
  • Sports
  • Tourism, Recreation & Historical Attractions
  • Things that make Mulberry different

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Mulberry - On the Eastern Border In Crawford County.
Mulberry - On the Eastern Border In Crawford County.

Description and Highlights of the Area

Mulberry sits in Crawford County, Kansas in the Southeast Market Area designated for gathering statistics about employment and business. Mulberry is actually at the Missouri-Kansas state border, near Pittsburg KS.

Sperling's Best Cities lists 573 residents in Mulberry in 2009. The US Census stated in 2000 that the City of Mulberry covered ½ square mile of ground.

If the town were a rectangle, it would 10 city blocks long and 5 city blocks wide, assuming a standard length of 0.10 mile per block. As a square, it would be 0.70 mile on a side and regardless of the shape, you could walk around the perimeter in about 90 minutes at the leisurely rate of 30 min/mile.

The population was recorded as 577, with over 1100 people per square mile. The largest proportion of homes in Mulberry were built in or before 1939.

Mulberry is very small and particularly low-tech, once a successful coal mining town named Mulberry Grove. Residents are largely mid-careerists and younger retirees, ages 24 - 65, with approximately equal numbers below and above age 45.

Interestingly, a higher proportion of the population is Native American than in other US States: 3.3% compared to the usual 0.5% to 0.9%.

Local indigenous people live on the west side of Mulberry, but one square block in the central city is comprised of 45+% Native Americans, the highest concentration in the town.

A Facebook page highlights Mulberry, Kansas and was created by Ken Collins at Mulberry.

Important History

Native Americans cared for the lands of the future state of Kansas from at least 6,000 - 12,000 years ago. The Kansa and Osage moved into the area around 1600, followed by the Taos. Others moved back and forth across the lands.

Kansas Territory was settled in the 1800s by thiose moving in from the United States East. The US Federal Government awarded packages of land to homesteaders, displacing Native American populations. Some of these Indigenous People moves further West or South as settlers swarmed into the area, while others were forcibly moved to federal reservations.

Crawford County formed from another county to the north in 1867 after the American Civil War and named for Governor (and US Army Captain) Samuel J. Crawford (1864 - 1868). Governor Crawford resigned in 1868, to become Colonel of the 19th Kansas Cavalry in the Indian War of 1868-69.

The Crawford County Historical Museum in Pittsburg KS contains some records of Mulberry history. They can be called at (620) 231-1440 for additional information.


Business, Economic Development and Employment Outlook

Employment Outlook: Southeast Kansas and Mulberry

As part Southeast Kansas, Mulberry will benefit from a portion of the funding allocated to the counties from the US States through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Education and Healthcare are the leaders for enhancement, with Infrastructure Projects that are creating new jobs close behinds. Job Training (Employment & Training or E&T), Unemployment Benefits, and related Support Services are, unfortunately, in last position.

  • Education $584 Million
  • Healthcare $507 Million
  • Infrastructure Projects $108 Million
  • Justice/Public Safety $105 Million
  • Energy $96 Million
  • Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, etc. $58 Million

Top Ten Job with the Highest Numbers of Increase

These jobs in Crawford County, including Mulberry and a 25-mile radius, are largely categorized as Healthcare, Production, and Services other than Healthcare.

  1. Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and related positions
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs)with a 2-year AA Degree
  3. Personal Aides and Home Care Aides
  4. Team Assemblers - production/factories
  5. Janitors/Cleaners - does not include Maids and Housekeepers (Accommodations and private homes).
  6. Food Preparation and Service - all types of establishments.
  7. Retail Sales
  8. Teacher's Assistants
  9. Customer Service Representatives
  10. Waitstaff - Waiters and Waitresses in full service establishments

Top Ten Fastest-Growing Jobs by Percentage 2014 - 2024

The jobs that are multiplying most quickly include

  1. Production,
  2. Clerical,
  3. Professional Accounting,
  4. Cleaning, and
  5. Various sorts of Manual Labor.

This indicates a yearly jump in business in Mulberry and the Southeast Market, including new businesses, expanding companies, more customers, increased customer bases, increased sales, increased average customer sale ("ticket"), and others.

Considering the years 2009 - 2014, the increase in the first year may not seem to include a large number of jobs, but the jump each year will build a large number by 2014. Stimulus and ARRA 2009 funds will boost those numbers

higher. Infrastructure and Green Jobs will increase, but these jobs were already increasing from 2004 - 2009.

  1. Trades Helpers
  2. Production Workers - i.e., factories and plants.
  3. Receptionists and Information Clerks
  4. Accountants and Auditors - includes forensic accounting.
  5. Janitors/Industrial Cleaners - does not include Maids and Housekeepers in the Accommodations Industry and homes.
  6. Manual Packers and Packagers - work done by hand; On the Job Training.
  7. Bookkeepers
  8. Accounting, and Auditing Clerks - includes forensic accounting.
  9. Manual Laborers - On the Job Training.
  10. Handlers of Freight, Stock, and Materials - all work done by hand; On the Job Training.

Online Job Listings

Over 380 Jobs were listed and available in the Mulberry area on April 30, 2009, and the majority of them were related to Healthcare. Specifically, the most jobs were offered in Occupational Therapy in travel positions (more highly paid), other Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist and Travelers in that field. The Travel Healthcare Field is booming in many US States.

The employers listing the highest numbers of job openings are all heathcare providers:

  1. Critical Connection
  2. Medical Connections
  3. OceanMed Staffing
  4. Reflectx Staffing
  5. TravelRehab
  6. Med Travelers

The Largest Employers In and Around Mulberry

Small businesses make up most of the local employment market, included in the following industry sectors:

  1. Accommodation & Food Services: Full-Service Restaurants (3 shops: Gebhardt's Chicken Dinner. Country Cove, and Rockin' K Steak 'N' Rib)
  2. Mining: Crushed and Broken Limestone
  3. Construction: Painting and Wall Covering
  4. Construction: Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
  5. Health Care and Social Assistance: Community Food Services
  6. Construction: New Single-Family Housing Construction

Most residents in Mulberry that work commute out of town to nearby communities. Online discussion boards reveal that the city no longer has a gas station or a grocery store of its own.


Higher Education

One University and one State College are within ~30 miles of Mulberry.

  • Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg KS
  • Missouri Southern State College, Joplin MO

Mulberry School Systems


  • Sports teams are associated with the surrounding YMCAs and the local schools and higher education facilities.
  • Geocaching is becoming widespread - Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt that uses GPS devices. Players find hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and write their experiences online. The game encourages environmental awareness and concern.
  • Sports opportunities are available at 4 golf courses and in a number of outdoor recreational sports, birding, hunting, and fishing.

The Red Mulberry is found in many locations around Kansas.
The Red Mulberry is found in many locations around Kansas. | Source

Things that make Mulberry Different

Tourism and Historical Attractions

From the vantage point of the state border, Mulberry is a quiet city from which to proceed to nearby libraries, museums, State Parks, festivals and celebrations around eastern Kansas and Crawford County, sports, recreation, and local restaurants and scenery, as well as yourist and historical sites in Missouri.

Interesting Facts

© 2009 Patty Inglish

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  • witchee1014 profile image

    Jen Baldwin 8 years ago from Joplin, MO

    hey i wanna say thanks to everyone.

  • JamaGenee profile image

    Joanna McKenna 8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    B.T., trust me, you do *not* want to live in Mulberry, KS or anywhere near Pittsburg. Stick to the Missouri side. Joplin at least has a pulse.

  • Melody Lagrimas profile image

    Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

    Great and informative, thanks.

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Very interesting.....May Day and the proletariat can celebrate jobs.

    The stimulus and ARRA 2009 provide funds for job training. I'll find out how much by city if it is available anywhere.  And I know how to use a phone :)

  • B.T. Evilpants profile image

    B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

    What can I say? I was raised a strict proletarian! You know, friends in low places, and all that. LOL!

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Ah, now that I can do! It will be my First of May first Hub - isn't that kind of proletariaty?

  • B.T. Evilpants profile image

    B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

    That's way too easy, Patty! Especially for you. I want to see the 10 highest paying jobs that don't require a college degree! Ever since the auto industry started going under (and it's been happening for years) Michigan has been trying to attract the high tech jobs. That kind of leaves us low tech old schoolers out in the cold. Good thing I have Jackalope Enterprises t fall back on!

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Hmmm - losts of jobs in Texas - 10,000s+

    Hey, do a request for me to do the 10 Fastest Evaporating Jobs in Michigan lol

  • B.T. Evilpants profile image

    B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

    Hey, I have experience in 7 of the 10 fastest growing jobs there. Perhaps a change of venue is in order. I think I would be hard pressed to come up with 10 fast growing jobs here in Michigan!

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    I hope that this information helps in any research being done on Mulberry. So far, nothing has turned up on Jolly Mill, except mention of a mill and a park.

    Best wishes!