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Chanute, Kansas

Chanute is the largest city in Neosho County, Kansas, with a population of 9,411. Located on the Neosho River, Chanute is named for Octave Chanute, an early resident who was a prominent railroad engineer and aviation pioneer. Chanute's downtown preserves a nostalgic small-town feel, with an old-fashioned soda fountain and historic Queen Anne, Gothic Revival and Neocolonial homes. The fully-restored 1903 Santa Fe Railroad Depot now houses the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, and the Chanute Public Library. Chanute is also home to Neosho County Community College.

Settlement in Chanute began in 1856, and the city was incorporated in 1873 from the merger of four smaller towns. The arrival of the railroads and the development of natural gas and oil fields in Kansas drove industrialization and growth in Chanute. By 1895, the city was producing its own gas supply from municipally owned fields. Among the nearly two dozen refineries doing business in Chanute between 1905 and 1996 were Mid-America Refining Company (MARCO), Chanute Refining Co., and Warwick Wax Company. In July of 1905, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad began running a new train between Chanute and Texas. Dubbed the "Oil Flyer", it was reputed to have the first oil-fired locomotive, and passed through oil territory along its entire route. As of 1912, Chanute businesses also included railroad car repair shops, flour mills, oil refinery, boiler works, broom factory and a torpedo manufacturer. In 1908, the Ash Grove Cement Company opened a cement plant that is still in operation today. Although oil and gas are not as prominent as they once were, Chanute maintains a solid manufacturing base, producing electronics, power generation equipment and furniture, among other goods. NuWa Industries, Inc., has made recreational vehicles in Chanute since 1969 and offers daily factory tours.

Chanute's history of heavy industry and active architectural preservation makes asbestos exposure a continuing concern for workers and their families. Workers exposed to asbestos are at risk for pleural mesothelioma, a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Chanute, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma lawyer.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Chanute

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Chanute where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Alcorn Combustion Company
  • Ashgrove Lime & Portland Cement Company
  • Bethlehem Supply Company
  • Bradford Supply Company
  • Chanute Cerment Clay Products Company
  • Chanute Electric Dept
  • Chanute Manufacturing Company
  • City of Chanute Electric Dept.
  • Kansas Power
  • Katy Railroad
  • Keas Drilling Company
  • Lynde Walter Darby Corporation
  • Neosha City Junior College
  • Warwick Wax Refinery
  • Western Petro Chemical Corp

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Chanute, Kansas

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Kansas, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

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