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Map of Kansas Counties

 

 

 

County County Seat  Established Origin
Allen  Iola 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Anderson  Garnett 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Atchison  Atchison 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Barber  Medicine Lodge 1867 From unorganized area
Barton Great Bend 1867 From unorganized area
Bourbon  Fort Scott 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Brown  Hiawatha 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Browne County)
Butler  El Dorado 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Chase  Cottonwood Falls 1859 Formed from Butler and Wise counties
Chautauqua  Sedan 1875 Formed from Howard County
Cherokee  Columbus 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly McGee County)
Cheyenne  Saint Francis 1873 From unorganized area
Clark  Ashland 1885 Formed from Ford County
Clay  Clay Center 1857 From unorganized area
Cloud  Concordia 1866 Formed from Washington County (Formerly Shirley County)
Coffey  Burlington 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Comanche  Coldwater 1867 From unorganized area
Cowley  Winfield 1867 Formed from Butler County
Crawford  Girard 1867 Formed from Bourbon and Cherokee Counties
Decatur  Oberlin 1873 From unorganized area
Dickinson  Abilene 1857 From unorganized area
Doniphan  Troy 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Douglas  Lawrence 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Edwards  Kinsley 1874 Formed from Kiowa County
Elk  Howard 1875 Formed from Howard County

Ellis 

Hays 1867 From unorganized area
Ellsworth  Ellsworth 1867 From unorganized area
Finney  Garden City 1883 Formed from Arapahoe, Grant, Kearney and Sequoyah Counties
Ford Dodge City 1867 From unorganized area
Franklin  Ottawa 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Geary  Junction City 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Davis County)
Gove  Gove 1868 From unorganized area
Graham  Hill City 1867 From unorganized area
Grant  Ulysses 1887 Formed from Finney and Hamilton Counties in 1887.
Gray  Cimarron 1887 Formed from Finney and Ford Counties
Greeley  Tribune 1873 From unorganized area
Greenwood  Eureka 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Hamilton  Syracuse 1873 From unorganized area
Harper  Anthony 1867 From unorganized area
Harvey  Newton 1872 Formed from McPherson, Sedgwick and Reno Counties
Haskell  Sublette 1887 Formed from Finney and Ford Counties
Hodgeman  Jetmore 1867 From unorganized area (Formerly Hageman County)
Jackson  Holton 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Calhoun County)
Jefferson  Oskaloosa 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Jewell  Mankato 1867 From unorganized area
Johnson  Olathe 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Kearny  Lakin 1887 Formed from Finney and Hamilton Counties
Kingman  Kingman 1872 Formed from Harper and Reno Counties
Kiowa  Greensburg 1886 Formed from Comanche and Edwards Counties
Labette  Oswego 1867 Formed from Neosho County
Lane  Dighton 1886 From unorganized area
Leavenworth  Leavenworth 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Lincoln  Lincoln 1867 From unorganized area
Linn  Mound City 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Logan  Oakley 1888 Formed form Wallace County (Formerly named St. John County)
Lyon  Emporia 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Breckenridge County)
Marion  Marion 1860 From unorganized area
Marshall  Marysville 1855 One of the original 36 counties
McPherson  McPherson 1867 From unorganized area
Meade  Meade 1885 Formed from Finney, Ford and Seward Counties
Miami  Paola 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Lykins)
Mitchell  Beloit 1867 From unorganized area
Montgomery  Independence 1867 Formed from Wilson County
Morris Council Grove 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Wise County)
Morton  Elkhart 1886 Formed from Seward County
Nemaha  Seneca 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Dorn County)
Neosho  Eri 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Ness  Ness City 1867 From unorganized area
Norton  Norton 1867 From unorganized area (Formerly Billings County)
Osage  Lyndon 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Weller County)
Osborne  Osborne 1867 From unorganized area
Ottawa  Minneapolis 1860 From unorganized area
Pawnee  Larned 1867 From unorganized area
Phillips  Phillipsburg 1867 From unorganized area
Pottawatomie  Westmoreland 1857 Formed from Calhoun and Riley Counties
Pratt  Pratt 1867 From unorganized area
Rawlins  Atwood 1873 From unorganized area
Reno  Hutchinson 1867 From unorganized area
Republic  Belleville 1868 Formed from Washington County
Rice  Lyons 1867 From unorganized area
Riley  Manhattan 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Rooks  Stockton 1867 From unorganized area
Rush  La Crosse 1867 From unorganized area
Russell  Russell 1867 From unorganized area
Saline  Salina 1860 From unorganized area
Scott  Scott City 1873 From unorganized area
Sedgwick  Wichita 1867 Formed from Butler County
Seward  Liberal 1873 From unorganized area
Shawnee  Topeka 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Sheridan  Hoxie 1873 From unorganized area
Sherman  Goodland 1873 From unorganized area
Smith  Smith Center 1867 From unorganized area
Stafford  St. John 1867 From unorganized area
Stanton  Johnson City 1887 Formed from Hamilton County
Stevens  Hugoton 1886 Formed from Seward County
Sumner  Wellington 1867 Formed from Butler County
Thomas  Colby 1873 From unorganized area
Trego  WaKeeney 1867 From unorganized area
Wabaunsee  Alma 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Richardson County)
Wallace  Sharon Springs 1868 From unorganized area
Washington  Washington 1857 From unorganized area
Wichita  Leoti 1873 From unorganized area
Wilson  Fredonia 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Woodson  Yates Center 1855 One of the original 36 counties
Wyandotte  Kansas City 1859 Formed from Leavenworth and Johnson Counties

 

 

 

  

Hays, Kansas in the late 1800's.

Hays, Kansas, Ellis County in the late 1800's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bismarck Grove, Kansas corrals

Bismarck Grove corrals in Douglas County, early 1900s.

 

 

Dodge City, Kansas, 1876

Dodge City, in Ford County, 1876.

 

 

 

Atchison, Kansas around 1860

Atchison, Kansas around 1860.

 

 

Battle of Prairie Dog Creek

The Battle of Prairie Dog Creek

was fought in Phillips County.

 

 

 

Council Grove, Kansas Trading Post

Council Grove, in Morris County,

was for years, the last stop on the Santa Fe Trail.

 

 

 

 

 

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