is a city in Daviess County
, United States
. The population was 261 at the 2000 census.
Pattonsburg is located at (40.054571, -94.124625).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.74% is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 261 people, 120 households, and 75 families residing in the city. The population density
was 194.5 people per square mile (75.2/km²). There were 134 housing units at an average density of 99.8/sq mi (38.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.85% White
, 0.38% Asian
, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.53% of the population.
There were 120 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 78.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,500, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,779. About 20.3% of families and 26.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 19.6% of those sixty five or over.
Pattonsburg suffered terribly from the 1993 flood (and had a long history of flooding.) The entire town was flooded twice in a three week period. The damage was so bad that the town was relocated three miles away, and was completely redesigned, in order to take advantage of more modern technologies, concerning energy conservation and protection of the environment. Although now known by many as "New Pattonsburg", the new community still has ties to the old town. In order to accomplish the town move with the least amount of "Red Tape" the city "Annexed" the "right of way" along US highway 69 between the "old town" and the proposed site for the new community. This method allowed Pattonsburg to keep the same name and allowed the city to continue operations of its water and sewer treatment plants without forming separate "Districts." Now a virtual "ghost town", the site of the old community still invokes many fond memories. The old school building still stands along with a farm co-op. Only a few houses are still there as well as three church buildings. The Christian Church still holds worship services. The Methodist church building was sold to an "outside interest", upon completion of a new facility in the new town and now stands virtually hidden among the trees that have sprung up around it. The old Baptist Church building which was sold after completion of a much larger facility in the new town has now taken on a new life as an "opry" style, Country Music venue.
Although plagued by misfortune many times Pattonsburg's fortune truly turned in 1998, when the Ang Lee film "Ride with the Devil" was filmed on the old mainstreet of Pattonsburg which served as a "stand in" for 1863 Lawrence, Kansas. Production artists created 19th century facades for the flooded out business buildings, covered the asphalt streets with tons of dirt imported from Kansas, concealed fire hydrants with oak barrels, and even built a shack over an immovable railroad caboose. Traces of the movie and the community that once stood on that site are now nearly all gone, but the basic foundation of the community is still very evident in the residents of the new community.