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Kansas Counties and Resources

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Early History of Kansas

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Kansas Timeline

Kansas Counties

  • Allen County

"Allen County is located in southeast portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Iola It was named in honor of William Allen, a United States senator from Ohio. Richard J. Fuqua and his family are considered the first white settlers in the county, arriving in the valley of the Neosho River January 1855. Fuqua established a post for trading with the neighboring Indian tribes which became quite popular with the Sac and Fox Indians. B.W. Cowden and H.D. Parsons arrived in March of the same year and selected claims in the valley of the Neosho River, near the mouth of Elm Creek. The next settlement was made near the mouth of Deer Creek (so named for the abundance of deer in the area) by Major James Parsons, and his two sons, Jesse and James, and a Mr. Duncan. The population grew rapidly through the spring and summer of 1855, most of it located on or near the Neosho River."[2]

  • Anderson County

"Anderson County is located in East Central Kansas, in the Central United States. Its county seat and most populous city is Garnett. In 1855, Anderson County was established, named for territorial legislator Joseph C. Anderson. "[3]

  • Atchison County

"Atchison County is located in northeastern Kansas, in the Central United States. Its county seat and most populous city is Atchison. The county is named in honor of David Rice Atchison, a United States Senator from Missouri. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Atchison County was established."[4]

  • Barber County

"Barber County is located in the south-central portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Medicine Lodge. It was named for Thomas Barber, an abolitionist who was killed in Douglas County in 1855 during the Wakarusa War."[5]

  • Barton County

Barton County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Great Bend. The county is named in honor of Clara Barton , responsible for the founding of the American Red Cross."[6]

  • Bourbon County

"Bourbon County is located in Southeast Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Fort Scott."[7]

  • Brown County

"Brown County is a county located in the northeast portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Hiawatha. Brown County is the location of the Kickapoo Indian Reservation of Kansas, the majority of the Sac and Fox Reservation and the majority of the Iowa Reservation of Kansas and Nebraska."[8]

  • Butler County

"Butler County is located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is El Dorado. In 1855, Butler County was founded. It was named in honor of a U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Andrew Butler (1796–1857), who was one of the authors of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and a strong advocate of Kansas becoming a slave state."[9]

  • Chase County

"Chase County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Cottonwood Falls. The center of population of Kansas is located in Chase County, about four miles north of Strong City."[10]

  • Chautauqua County

"Chautauqua County is located in Southeast Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Sedan. Chautauqua County is named for Chautauqua County, New York, the birthplace of Edward Jaquins, a Kansas politician who was instrumental in getting the county established."[11]

  • Cherokee County

"Cherokee Countyis located in Southeast Kansas. Its county seat is Columbus, and its most populous city is Baxter Springs. The latter became the first "cow town" in Kansas during the 1870s and the period of cattle drives."[12]

  • Cheyenne County

"Cheyenne County is located in the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is St. Francis."[13]

  • Clark County

"Clark County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Ashland."[14]

  • Clay County

"Clay County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Clay Center. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1857, Clay County was established."[15]

  • Cloud County

"Cloud County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Concordia. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, Cloud County was established. Cloud County was named in honor of Colonel William F. Cloud."[16]

  • Coffey County

"Coffey County is located in Eastern Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Burlington."[17]

  • Comanche County

"Comanche County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Coldwater. The county is named after the Comanche Native Americans."[18]

  • Cowley County

"Cowley County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Winfield, Cowley County was officially organized as a county, but reserved for the Osage Indians, by the Kansas Legislature in March 1867, originally named Hunter County for Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (1809–1887), a Virginia Representative and Senator to Congress and Speaker of the House in the Twenty-sixth Congress. In 1870, the county was renamed for Matthew Cowley, First Lieutenant in Company I, 9th Kansas Cavalry, who died at Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 7, 1864."[19]

  • Crawford County

"Crawford County is in Southeast Kansas. Its county seat is Girard, and its most populous city is Pittsburg. The county was named in honor of Samuel J. Crawford, Governor of Kansas."[20]

  • Decatur County

"Decatur County is located in Northwest Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Oberlin. The county is named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr."[21]

  • Dickinson County

Dickinson County is a county located in Central Kansas. Its county seat and the most populous city is Abilene. The county was named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson.[22]

  • Doniphan County

"Doniphan Countyis a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas.Its county seat is Troy, and its most populous city is Wathena.In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. Doniphan County was established on August 25, 1855, then organized on September 18, 1855. It is named for the U.S. cavalry commander Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan (1808–1887) of Liberty, Missouri, who played an important part in the Mexican–American War. He was a zealous partisan in the failed effort made to extend slavery into Kansas."[23]

  • Douglas County

"Douglas County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Lawrence. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Douglas County was established. Douglas County was opened for settlement on May 15, 1854, and was named for Stephen A. Douglas, a senator from Illinois. The county was practically at the center of the Bleeding Kansas years as leaders in Lecompton (the territorial capital) wanted Kansas to be a slave state, whereas leaders in Lawrence wanted Kansas to be a free state. The pro- and anti-slavery settlers held great animosity towards one another, leading to many events, such as the drafting of the Lecompton Constitution (which would have admitted Kansas into the Union as a slave state), the Wakarusa War (1855), the Sack of Lawrence (1856), Battle of Black Jack (1856), and the Lawrence Massacre (1863)."[24]

  • Edwards County

"Edwards County is located in the U.S. states of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Kinsley. The county was founded in 1874 and named for W. C. Edwards, of Hutchinson, a pioneer settler, who played an active role in its organization."[25]

  • Elk County

"Elk County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Howard. In 1875, Elk County was established, named for the Elk River."[26]

  • Ellis County

"Ellis County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Hays. Ellis County is the official German Capital of Kansas. German immigrants settled in Hays, Ellis, Victoria, and nearby villages in the 1870s and 1880s. It is named for George Ellis, first lieutenant of the Twelfth Kansas Infantry."[27]

  • Ellsworth County

"Ellsworth County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Ellsworth. Ellsworth County was established February 26, 1867. The county was named after the old Fort Ellsworth, named in honor of 2nd Lieutenant Allen Ellsworth of the 7th Iowa Cavalry (Company H), who supervised construction of the fort in 1864 during the American Civil War."[28]

  • Finney County

"Finney County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Garden City. Finney County began about 1880 as Buffalo County and Sequoyah County, named after Sequoyah, the Cherokee Indian responsible for the development of the Cherokee alphabet. The two counties were renamed Finney County in honor of then Lieutenant Governor David Wesley Finney.[29]

  • Ford County

"Ford County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Dodge City. The county is named in honor of Colonel James Hobart Ford."

  • Franklin County

"Franklin County (county code FR) is a county located in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 25,992. Its county seat and most populous city is Ottawa. The county was named after Benjamin Franklin."[30]

  • Geary County

"Geary County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Junction City. The county is named in honor of Governor John W. Geary."[31]

  • Gove County

"Gove County is in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Gove City, and its most populous city is Quinter. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1868, Gove County was established and named for Granville Llewellyn Gove, member of the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and son of Moses Gove, a former mayor of Manhattan, Kansas."[32]

  • Graham County

"Graham County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Hill City. The county is home to Nicodemus, founded 1877, which is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the American Civil War. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. Graham County was organized in 1880. In 1887, Graham County was established and named for Captain John L. Graham, a Union soldier killed in action at the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee on September 19, 1863."[33]

  • Grant County

"Grant County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and only city is Ulysses. Grant County, Kansas was named after Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877), and incumbent president at the time of the county's formation. The initial survey establishing county boundaries was in the summer of 1874."[34]

  • Gray County

"Gray County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Cimarron. Gray County was founded in 1881 and named for Alfred Gray. Between 1887 and 1893, a county seat war took place in Gray County that involved several notable Old West figures, such as Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman, and Ben Daniels. As a result of the dispute, Cimarron became the permanent county seat of Gray County."[35]

  • Greeley County

"Greeley County is located in western Kansas, in the Central United States. Its county seat and largest city is Tribune. The county is named after Horace Greeley of Chappaqua, New York, editor of the New York Tribune. Greeley encouraged western settlement with the motto "Go West, young man"."[36]

  • Greenwood County

Greenwood County is a county located in the southeast portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Eureka. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Greenwood County was established, and named for Alfred B. Greenwood, a U.S. Congressman from Arkansas.[37]

  • Hamilton County

"Hamilton County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Syracuse. The county was founded in 1873 and named for Alexander Hamilton."[38]

  • Harper County

"Harper County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Anthony. The county was named for Sergeant Marion Harper of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, who died of wounds suffered near Waldron, Arkansas, in December 1863."[39]

  • Harvey County

"Harvey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Newton. In 1872, Harvey County was founded, and named in honor of the fifth Governor of Kansas James M. Harvey."[40]

  • Haskell County

"Haskell County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Sublette. Haskell County was founded in 1887. It was named for Dudley C. Haskell, a former member of Congress."[41]

  • Hodgeman County

"Hodgeman County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Jetmore. Hodgeman County was founded in 1867. It was named for Amos Hodgman, member of the 7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. The letter E was later added to the namesake's name."[42]

  • Jackson County

"Jackson County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Holton. The county was named for President Andrew Jackson. The Prairie Band Potawatomi Indian Reservation, located near the center of the county."[43]

  • Jefferson County

"Jefferson County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Oskaloosa, and its most populous city is Valley Falls. In 1855, Jefferson County was established and was named for President Thomas Jefferson."[44]

  • Jewell County

"Jewell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Mankato. In 1887, Jewell County was established and named for Lieutenant Colonel Lewis R. Jewell of the 6th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry."[45]

  • Johnson County

"Johnson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Olathe, and its most populous city is Overland Park. Johnson County was established in 1855 as one of the first counties in the newly organized Kansas Territory; it was named for American missionary Thomas Johnson. The renowned gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok settled for a time in the county, becoming constable of Monticello Township in 1858."[46]

  • Kearny County

"Kearny County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Lakin The county is named in honor of General Philip Kearny."[47]

  • Kingman County

"Kingman County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Kingman.In 1872, Kingman County was established and named for Samuel A. Kingman, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court."[48]

  • Kiowa County

"Kiowa County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Greensburg. In 1867, Kiowa County was established and named after the Kiowa tribe."[49]

  • Labette County

"Labette County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Oswego The county was named after LaBette creek, the second-largest creek in the county, which runs roughly NNW-SSE from near Parsons to Chetopa. The creek in turn was named after French-Canadian fur trapper Pierre LaBette who had moved to the area, living along the Neosho River, and marrying into the Osage tribe in the 1830s and 1840s. In the 1840s Labette County had a population mainly consisting of Osage people, although there were also many Cherokee and Euro-Americans. Many of the Euro-Americans were merchants with Osage or Cherokee wives. Between 1871 and 1873, at least eleven people vanished in the vicinity of an inn and general store operated by the Bender family in Labette County. Following the disappearance of the Benders in 1873, it was discovered that they had apparently murdered a number of travelers. Between eight and eleven bodies were discovered buried on the premises. Governor Thomas A. Osborn offered a reward of $2,000 for the apprehension of the Benders, but they were never found."[50]

  • Lane County

"Lane County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. making it the third-least populous county in Kansas. The county seat is Dighton, the only city in the county. The county was named after James H. Lane who was a leader of the Jayhawker abolitionist movement and served as one of the first U.S. Senators from Kansas."[51]

  • Leavenworth County

"Leavenworth County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Leavenworth. It was named, as was its county seat, after Henry Leavenworth, an officer in the War of 1812."[52]

  • Lincoln County

"Lincoln County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Lincoln Center."[53]

  • Linn County

"Linn County is a county located in east-central Kansas. Its county seat is Mound City, and its most populous city is Pleasanton. The county was named for Lewis F. Linn, a U.S. Senator from Missouri."[54]

  • Logan County

"Logan County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Oakley. The county was named for Gen. John A. Logan."[55]

  • Lyon County

"Lyon County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The county seat and largest city is Emporia. The county was named for General Nathaniel Lyon, who was killed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek in the Civil War."[56]

  • Marion County

"Marion County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. ] The county seat is Marion. The county was named in honor of Francis Marion, a Brigadier General of the American Revolutionary War, known as the "Swamp Fox".[57]

  • Marshall County

"Marshall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Marysville. The Oregon Trail crosses Marshall County. The Infamous Donner-Reedeed Party rested along the banks of the Big Blue river and lost one of its members, Sarah Keyes, who is still buried at Alcove Springs (located outside of Marysville). Many documented pioneer bodies are buried surrounding Alcove Spring. In 1849 Francis James Marshall, from Weston, Missouri, came to Marshall County and established a ferry service on the Big Blue River at "Independence Crossing." A few years later Francis Marshall decided to stay on in Marshall County and make it his home. He moved his Ferry business to an upper crossing now known as Marysville (the city is named after Marshall's own wife Mary)."[58]

  • McPherson County

"McPherson County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is McPherson. The county is named for Civil War General James B. McPherson.

  • Meade County

Meade County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Meade. The county was created in 1873 and named in honor of General George G. Meade."[59]

  • Miami County

"Miami County is located in east-central Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Paola. The first settlements of the area were by Native American Indian tribes, primarily in the 1820s through the 1840s. This was due to their removal from areas east (Ohio, Illinois and Indiana)and the designation of the area as part of the Indian Territory. The tribes included were the Miami and Shawnee, and the Pottawatomie, Piankeshaw, Kaskaskia, Wea and Peoria, which comprised the Confederated Tribes. The original Miami reservation consisted of approximately 500,000 acres" [60][61]

  • Mitchell County

"Mitchell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Beloit.In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, Mitchell County was established."[62]

  • Montgomery County

"Montgomery County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Independence and its most populous city is Coffeyville. It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, in Canada, after successfully capturing two forts and the city of Montreal."[63]

  • Morris County

"Morris County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Council Grove. The county was originally organized as Wise County in 1855. The county was named for Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise. When Wise presided over the hanging of abolitionist John Brown at Harpers Ferry in 1859, abolition supporters renamed it to Morris County in honor of Thomas Morris, a former United States Senator from Ohio who was an opponent of slavery. Between 1877 and 1879, Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, a former slave who escaped to freedom in 1846, staked out a settlement in Morris County for freedmen known as "Exodusters". Thousands of families migrated from the post-Reconstruction South to seek more opportunities and better living conditions in the Midwest."[64]

  • Morton County

"Morton County is in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Elkhart. In 1886, Morton County was established, and named for Oliver Morton, who was a United States Senator from Indiana from 1867 to 1877. In 1886, the community of Richfield was established as the county seat."[65]

  • Nemaha County

"Nemaha County is located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Kansas. The county seat is Seneca."[66]

  • Neosho County

"Neosho County is a county located in the south-east of the U.S. state of Kansas. The county seat is Erie."[67]

  • Ness County

"Ness County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Ness City. The county was named for Corporal Noah V. Ness of the 7th Kansas Cavalry."[68]

  • Norton County

"Norton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The county was established in 1867 and named for Orloff Norton, captain of Company L, 15th Kansas Militia Infantry Regiment."[69]

  • Osage County

"Osage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Lyndon, and its most populous city is Osage City. The county was originally organized in 1855 as Weller County, and was renamed in 1859 after the Osage River that runs through it, which is itself named for the Osage Native American Tribe."[70]

  • Osborne County

"Osborne County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Osborne. The governor named it in honor of Captain Vincent B. Osborne, a Civil War soldier who lost a leg in a battle on January 17, 1865, at Joy’s Ford on the Arkansas River. Later Osborne was elected State Representative of Ellsworth County in 1871 and served as Ellsworth County Probate Judge for a number of years prior to his death at age 40 of erysipelas on December 21, 1879. Oddly, Osborne never set foot in the county named after him."[71]

  • Ottawa County

"Ottawa County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Minneapolis."[72]

  • Pawnee County

"Pawnee County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. the largest city and county seat is Larned."[73]

  • Phillips County

"Phillips County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Phillipsburg."[74]

  • Pottawatomie County

"Pottawatomie County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The county seat is Westmoreland. The county takes its name from the Potawatomi tribe of Native Americans."[75]

  • Pratt County

"Pratt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Pratt. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, Pratt County was established."[76]

  • Rawlins County

"Rawlins County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Atwood. It was named after Union Civil War General John Aaron Rawlins.[77]

  • Reno County

"Reno County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Hutchinson."[78]

  • Republic County

"Republic County is located in the state of Kansas, south from the Nebraska state line. The largest city and county seat is Belleville. In 1854, under the provisions of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Kansas Territory was organized. In 1860, Republic County was established by the Kansas legislature. And, in 1861, Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. The county is named for the Republican River Daniel and Conrad Myers were the first settlers of European ancestry, arriving in February 1861. Daniel Myers was elected judge of the Probate court and Conrad Myers to a seat on the County Commission."[79]

  • Rice County

"Rice County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Lyons. The county was named in memory of Samuel Allen Rice, Brigadier-General, United States volunteers, killed April 30, 1864, at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas."[80]

  • Riley County

"Riley County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Manhattan. Riley County, named for Mexican–American War general Bennet Riley."[81]

  • Rooks County

"Rooks County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The county seat is Stockton, and the largest city is Plainville. The county was named for Private John C. Rooks of the 11th Kansas Infantry who died at the Battle of Prairie Grove near Fayetteville, Arkansas, during the Civil War."[82]

  • Rush County

"Rush County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is La Crosse."[83]

  • Russell County

"Russell County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Russell, was the home of former U.S. Senate Majority leader and 1996 GOP presidential nominee Robert Dole for many years. It was also the boyhood home of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who was born in Wichita."[84]

  • Saline County

"Saline County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Salina."[85]

  • Scott County

"Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Scott City, the only city in the county."[86]

  • Sedgwick County

"Sedgwick County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. The county seat is Wichita, named after John Sedgwick, who was a Major General in the Union Army during the American Civil War."[87]

  • Seward County

"Seward County is a county of the U.S. state of Kansas. The largest city and county seat is Liberal. The county was formed on March 20, 1873 and named after William Henry Seward, an American politician and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson."[88]

  • Shawnee County

"Shawnee County is located in northeast Kansas, in the central United States of America. Topeka is the state capital and county seat. The county was one of the original 33 counties created by the first territorial legislature in 1855, and it was named for the Shawnee tribe of Native Americans."[89]

  • Sheridan County

"Sheridan County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Hoxie. The county was named in honor of Phillip H. Sheridan, a general of the American Civil War era."[90]

  • Sherman County

Sherman County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Goodland. Sherman County was created by the Legislature of 1873, and named after General William Tecumseh Sherman."[91]

  • Smith County

"Smith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Smith Center The county is named in memory of Maj. J. Nelson Smith, who was part of the 2nd Colorado Cavalry, killed in action at the Battle of Westport on October 21, 1864."[92]

  • Stafford County

"Stafford County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is St. John.[2] The county is named in honor of Lewis Stafford, captain of Company E, First Kansas Infantry, who was killed at the Battle of Young's Point in Madison Parish, Louisiana on June 7, 1863."[93]

  • Stanton County

"Stanton County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Johnson City."[94]

  • Stevens County

"Stevens County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Hugoton. The county is named for the Reconstruction era Pennsylvania politician Thaddeus Stevens".[95]

  • Sumner County

"Sumner County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Wellington. On February 26, 1867, Sumner County was created from parts of Marion County and Butler County. It was named in honor of Charles Sumner, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1811–74), who was a strong advocate of Kansas becoming a free state."[96]

  • Thomas County

"Thomas County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Colby. Thomas County was founded in October 8, 1885. It was named for George Henry Thomas, a Union General during the American Civil War, hero of the Battle of Chickamauga. The townships of the county were named after the soldiers that died at the Battle of Chickamauga."[97]

  • Trego County

"Trego County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and largest city is WaKeeney. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1879, Trego County was established."[98]

  • Wabaunsee County

"Wabaunsee County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Alma. The county was created on March 25, 1859, and named for a chief of the Potawatomi Indians. derived from the Potawatomi "Wah-bon-seh", meaning "dawn of day" literally, and it was the name of the chief of the Potawatomi Indians. The first white settlers in the area were said to have been a band of outlaws known as the McDaniel Gang. Originally, the county was named Richardson, after William P. Richardson, a congressman from Illinois, who introduced the first Kansas and Nebraska Bill in the House of Representatives, which made certain Indian lands territories in 1854."[99]

  • Wallace County

"Wallace County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. making it the second-least populous county in Kansas. Its county seat is Sharon Springs. The county was created in 1868 and named in honor of Brigadier-general W.H.L. Wallace who was a veteran of the Mexican–American War and a casualty of the Battle of Shiloh."[100]

  • Washington County

"Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and largest city is Washington."[101]

  • Wichita County

"Wichita County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Leoti."[102]

  • Wilson County

"Wilson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Fredonia."[103]

  • Woodson County

"Woodson County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat is Yates Center. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Woodson County was established. Fort Belmont was used during the Civil War and had received refugees from the Trail of Blood on Ice. Opothleyahola, a Muscogee Creek Indian chief is buried in an unmarked grave next to his daughter who died at the fort."[104]

  • Wyandotte County

"Wyandotte County is located in the U.S. state of Kansas. Its county seat and most populous city is Kansas City, with which it shares a unified government. The county is named after the Wyandot (also known as Wyandott or Wyandotte) Indians. They were called the Huron by the French in Canada, but they called themselves Wendat. They were distantly related to the Iroquois, with whom they sometimes fought. They had hoped to hold off movement by white Americans into their territory and had hoped to make the Ohio River the border between the United States and Canada."[105]

Kansas Native American Tribes

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  • White Cloud

"White Cloud meaning "Village Cloud-White") is a city in Doniphan County, Kansas, United States.It was named for James White Cloud, son of Chief White Cloud of the Iowa people. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 176. White Cloud is the seat of government for the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska."[106]

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  • Achilles
  • Acres
  • Afton
  • Agnes City
  • Alcove Springs
  • Alexander
  • Alida
  • Amy
  • America City
  • Annelly
  • Arkalon
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  • Arvonia
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  • Black Wolf
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  • Borders
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  • Calista
  • Cain City
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  • Canada
  • Carneiro
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  • Cave Springs
  • Centerview
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  • Chetolah
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  • Cofachiqui
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  • Columbia
  • Comanche City
  • Coolidge
  • Coronado
  • Coyote
  • Croft
  • Delaware City
  • Delaware Springs
  • Dermot
  • Devizes
  • Diamond Springs
  • Dispatch
  • Doniphan
  • Dubuque
  • Dunlap
  • Dry Creek


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