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COWLEY
CRAWFORD
DECATUR
DICKINSON
DONIPHAN
DOUGLAS
EDWARDS
ELK
ELLIS
ELLSWORTH
FINNEY
FORD
FRANKLIN
GEARY
GOVE
GRAHAM
GRANT

Cowley County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

February 28, 1870

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Cowley County

County Seat:

Winfield

Origin of Name:

In memory of 1st Lt. Matthew Cowley of Co. I, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, who died on active duty in Little Rock, Arkansas, on 7 Oct 1864.  The county was originally named Hunter after R. M. T. Hunter of Virginia.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Arkansas City (city)

11,963

Winfield (city)

12,206

Beaver Township

244

Bolton Township

1,754

Cedar Township

44

Creswell Township

2,098

Dexter Township

506

Fairview Township

203

Grant Township

76

Harvey Township

117

Liberty Township

218

Maple Township

702

Ninnescah Township

1,114

Omnia Township

357

Otter Township

54

Pleasant Valley Township

838

Richland Township

178

Rock Creek Township

243

Salem Township

364

Sheridan Township

159

Silver Creek Township

770

Silverdale Township

327

Spring Creek Township

77

Tisdale Township

340

Vernon Township

502

Walnut Township

626

Windsor Township

211

Total population:

36,291

 

 

Township map of Cowley County, 2000

Population:

1870

(1,175)

1880

(21,538)

1890

(34,478)

1900

(30,156)

1910

(31,790)

1920

(35,155)

1930

(40,903)

1940

(38,139)

1950

(36,905)

1960

(37,861)

1970

(35,012)

1980

(36,824)

1990

(36,915)

2000

(36,291)

 

 

Crawford County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 13, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Crawford County

County Seat:

Girard

Origin of Name:

In honor of Samuel J. Crawford (1835-1913), governor of Kansas from 1865 to 1868, when he resigned to take command of the 19th Kansas Regiment.

History:

Organized in 1867.  This county was, by act of the legislature of 1867, created out of the northern half of Cherokee, which prior to that date reached to Bourbon.  It was named in honor of Samuel J. Crawford who was elected Governor in 1864, and served nearly four years.  The Legislature named the county in obedience to a resolution passed in convention, held to petition for its organization.  Governor Crawford resigned in October, 1868, to become Colonel of the Nineteenth Kansas Cavalry, specially raised to for the Indian War of 1868-69.  He served as Captain in the Second Kansas Infantry, and was Colonel of the Second Kansas Regiment Colored Volunteer Infantry during the war for the Union.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Frontenac (city)

2,996

Girard (city)

2,773

Mulberry (city)

577

Pittsburg (city)

19,243

Baker Township

3,640

Crawford Township

883

Grant Township

247

Lincoln Township

942

Osage Township

756

Sheridan Township

1,501

Sherman Township

520

Walnut Township

624

Washington Township

3,540

Total population:

38,242

 

 

Township map of Crawford County, 2000

Population:

1870

(8,160)

1880

(16,851)

1890

(30,286)

1900

(38,809)

1910

(51,178)

1920

(61,800)

1930

(49,329)

1940

(44,191)

1950

(40,231)

1960

(37,032)

1970

(37,850)

1980

(37,916)

1990

(35,568)

2000

(38,242)

 

 

Decatur County, Kansas

Date Established:

March 20, 1873

Date Organized:

December 15, 1879

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Decatur County

County Seat:

Oberlin

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1879.  Named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779-1820), a U.S. navy hero during the Tripolitanian Wars and the War of 1812.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Oberlin (city)

1,994

Allison Township

39

Altory Township

16

Bassettville Township

26

Beaver Township

86

Center Township

60

Cook Township

44

Custer Township

27

Dresden Township

141

Finley Township

39

Garfield Township

41

Grant Township

31

Harlan Township

51

Jennings Township

173

Liberty Township

48

Lincoln Township

203

Logan Township

52

Lyon Township

24

Oberlin City Township

[defunct]

Oberlin Township

91

Olive Township

68

Pleasant Valley Township

46

Prairie Dog Township

50

Roosevelt Township

32

Sappa Township

43

Sherman Township

25

Summit Township

22

Total population:

3,472

 

 

Township map of Decatur County, 2000

Population:

1880

(4,180)

1890

(8,414)

1900

(9,234)

1910

(8,976)

1920

(8,121)

1930

(8,866)

1940

(7,434)

1950

(6,185)

1960

(5,778)

1970

(4,988)

1980

(4,509)

1990

(4,021)

2000

(3,472)

 

 

Dickinson County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 20, 1857

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Dickinson County

County Seat:

Abilene

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1857.  Named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson (1800-1866), United States senator from New York.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Abilene (city)

6,543

Herington (city)

2,563

Banner Township

148

Buckeye Township

437

Center Township

1,210

Cheever Township

149

Flora Township

217

Fragrant Hill Township

251

Garfield Township

189

Grant Township

918

Hayes Township

233

Holland Township

107

Hope Township

519

Jefferson Township

166

Liberty Township

405

Lincoln Township

1,669

Logan Township

202

Lyon Township

252

Newbern Township

349

Noble Township

1,730

Ridge Township

160

Rinehart Township

194

Sherman Township

147

Union Township

176

Wheatland Township

152

Willowdale Township

258

Total population:

19,344

 

 

Township map of Dickinson County, 2000

Population:

1860

(378)

1870

(3,043)

1880

(15,251)

1890

(22,273)

1900

(21,816)

1910

(24,361)

1920

(25,777)

1930

(25,870)

1940

(22,929)

1950

(21,190)

1960

(21,572)

1970

(19,993)

1980

(20,175)

1990

(18,958)

2000

(19,344)

 

 

Doniphan County, Kansas

Date Established:

August 25, 1855

Date Organized:

September 18, 1855

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Doniphan County

County Seat:

Troy

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1855.  Named for Col. Alexander W. Doniphan (1808-1887), of Missouri, who commanded a regiment of cavalry during the Mexican War.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Burr Oak Township

153

Center Township

1,743

Independence Township

342

Iowa Township

1,694

Marion Township

226

Union Township

360

Washington Township

3,066

Wayne Township

226

Wolf River Township

439

Total population:

8,249

 

 

Township map of Doniphan County, 2000

Population:

1860

(8,083)

1870

(13,969)

1880

(14,257)

1890

(13,535)

1900

(15,079)

1910

(14,422)

1920

(13,438)

1930

(14,063)

1940

(12,936)

1950

(10,499)

1960

(9,574)

1970

(9,107)

1980

(9,268)

1990

(8,134)

2000

(8,249)

 

 

Douglas County, Kansas

Date Established:

August 25, 1855

Date Organized:

September 24, 1855

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Douglas County

County Seat:

Lawrence

Origin of Name:

In honor of Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861), United States senator from Illinois and candidate for the presidency in 1860.

History:

Organized in 1855.  In honor of Stephen A. Douglas.  As a Senator, Douglas, in 1854, took a leading part in securing the adoption of the "popular sovereignty" principle in the Act organizing Kansas Territory, which gave the particular form of the issue involved in the Kansas struggle.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Lawrence (city)

80,098

Clinton Township

531

Eudora Township

5,571

Grant Township

442

Kanwaka Township

1,317

Lecompton Township

1,761

Marion Township

836

Palmyra Township

5,760

Wakarusa Township

2,237

Willow Springs Township

1,409

Total population:

99,962

 

 

Township map of Douglas County, 2000

Population:

1860

(8,637)

1870

(20,592)

1880

(21,700)

1890

(23,961)

1900

(25,096)

1910

(24,724)

1920

(23,998)

1930

(25,143)

1940

(25,171)

1950

(34,086)

1960

(43,720)

1970

(57,932)

1980

(67,640)

1990

(81,798)

2000

(99,962)

 

Edwards County, Kansas

Date Established:

March 18, 1874

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Edwards County

County Seat:

Kinsley

Origin of Name:

Possibly in honor of state senator John H. Edwards; more likely, named for W. C. Edwards, a Reno Co. businessman who owned much land in the area and built the first brick building in Kinsley; according to an article in the Kinsley newspaper in 1879, he agreed to build that building and give it to the new county on condition the county bear his name.

History:

Long before the county was settled, travelers used the Santa Fe trail through this area. During the Mexican War, a detachment of soldiers was attacked while using the trail near the site that was to become Kinsley.
 
By the 1870s, it was clear that a railroad would follow the trail, and permanent settlers arrived. Edwards County was actually named for W. C. Edwards, who built a block of buildings in Kinsley during its early days.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Kinsley (city)

1,658

Belpre Township

186

Brown Township

[defunct]

Franklin Township

93

Jackson Township

98

Kinsley Township

160

Lincoln Township

143

Logan Township

42

North Brown Township

67

South Brown Township

90

Trenton Township

306

Wayne Township

606

Total population:

3,449

 

 

Township map of Edwards County, 2000

Population:

1880

(2,409)

1890

(3,600)

1900

(3,682)

1910

(7,033)

1920

(7,057)

1930

(7,295)

1940

(6,377)

1950

(5,936)

1960

(5,118)

1970

(4,581)

1980

(4,271)

1990

(3,787)

2000

(3,449)

 

Elk County, Kansas

Date Established:

March 25, 1875

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Elk County

County Seat:

Howard

Origin of Name:

Named for the Elk River, which traverses the county.

Description:

The Elk River runs across Elk county from the northwest corner to the southeast corner. The Fall river drains the northeast corner of the county; the southwest corner near Grenola has the beautiful Caney river valley. These various waterways have carved the whole county with big valleys and small canyons. As you travel the county from west to east, you descend about 500 feet from the Flint Hills of Cowley county to the river bottoms that form the Elk City lake in Montgomery county. The rugged terrain leads some to call this area "the Kansas Ozarks."
 
Farming, ranching, and oil & gas production are all important to the local economy.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Elk Falls Township

196

Greenfield Township

321

Howard Township

1,006

Liberty Township

117

Longton Township

530

Oak Valley Township

154

Painterhood Township

68

Paw Paw Township

116

Union Center Township

116

Wildcat Township

637

Total population:

3,261

 

 

Township map of Elk County, 2000

Population:

1880

(10,623)

1890

(12,216)

1900

(11,443)

1910

(10,128)

1920

(9,034)

1930

(9,210)

1940

(8,180)

1950

(6,679)

1960

(5,048)

1970

(3,858)

1980

(3,918)

1990

(3,327)

2000

(3,261)

 

 

Ellis County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Ellis County

County Seat:

Hays

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1867.  Named in honor of 1st Lt. George Ellis of Company I, Twelfth Kansas Infantry, killed in action 30 April 1864 at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Ellis (city)

1,873

Hays (city)

20,013

Big Creek Township

1,798

Buckeye Township

285

Catherine Township

318

East Hamilton Township

[defunct]

Ellis Township

386

Freedom Township

125

Hamilton Township

[defunct]

Herzog Township

894

Lookout Township

569

Pleasant Hill Township

[defunct]

Riverview Township

[defunct]

Saline Township

[defunct]

Smoky Hill Township

[defunct]

Victoria Township

845

Walker Township

[defunct]

West Hamilton Township

[defunct]

Wheatland Township

401

Total population:

27,507

 

 

Township map of Ellis County, 2000

Population:

1870

(1,336)

1880

(6,179)

1890

(7,942)

1900

(8,626)

1910

(12,170)

1920

(14,138)

1930

(15,907)

1940

(17,508)

1950

(19,043)

1960

(21,270)

1970

(24,730)

1980

(26,098)

1990

(26,004)

2000

(27,507)

 

 

Ellsworth County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Ellsworth County

County Seat:

Ellsworth

Origin of Name:

Named for Fort Ellsworth, a military post in the county near Kanopolis, itself named in honor of 2nd Lt. Allen Ellsworth of the Seventh Iowa Cavalry, who supervised construction of the fort in 1864.

History:

Organized in 1867. Named after Fort Ellsworth, a military post built on the bank of the Smoky Hill, in 1864. This fort was so called by General Curtis, in honor of the officer who constructed it, Allen Ellsworth, Second Lieutenant of Company H, Seventh Iowa Cavalry. When the name was adopted for the county it was supposed that the fort had been named in honor of Colonel E. E. Ellsworth of national fame.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Ellsworth (city)

2,965

Ash Creek Township

58

Black Wolf Township

87

Carneiro Township

57

Clear Creek Township

91

Columbia Township

60

Ellsworth Township

797

Empire Township

174

Garfield Township

27

Green Garden Township

211

Langley Township

76

Lincoln Township

62

Mulberry Township

44

Noble Township

90

Palacky Township

63

Sherman Township

65

Thomas Township

72

Trivoli Township

55

Valley Township

577

Wilson Township

894

Total population:

6,525

 

 

Township map of Ellsworth County, 2000

Population:

1870

(1,185)

1880

(8,494)

1890

(9,272)

1900

(9,626)

1910

(10,444)

1920

(10,379)

1930

(10,132)

1940

(9,855)

1950

(8,465)

1960

(7,677)

1970

(6,146)

1980

(6,640)

1990

(6,586)

2000

(6,525)

 

 

Finney County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 22, 1883

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Finney County

County Seat:

Garden City

History and naming of county seat:

The founding fathers of Garden City, W.D. and J.R. Fulton, J.A. Stevens, C.J. Jones and several others had a vision in the late 1870s to turn this part of the "Great American Desert" into a town that would last. The first years of this young town's history are full of names and events that prove people were industrious, imaginative and resourceful. By 1883, trainloads of Easterners were coming out to lay claim on this fertile river bottomland, lured by land speculators and their own dreams of being a part of the Western expansion. The population soared to over 6,000 during those boom years from 1885 to 1888. Many of the people lived in tents, dugouts or covered wagons waiting for houses to be built. Not all of those who came stayed. Those who stayed kept the town going. Through the growth of the Sugar Beet Industry, the War Years, the development of irrigation and the expanding cattle industry, many hearty souls have brought their ideas, work ethic and families to grow and prosper. Finney County continues to welcome newcomers and looks forward to new growth and prosperity in the 21st century.

Mrs. Fulton, wife of a town founder, William Fulton, was watering her garden one day when a gentleman jumped off the train and inquired about the name of the new community. She replied that people were referring to the little village as "Fulton Town" but she wasn't too enthusiastic about the name. He looked upon her beautiful garden and said, "Why don't you name it Garden City?" The new name was met with favor and adopted by the residents, but Garden City will never know the identity of the traveling gentleman who gave the town its name!

Origin of Name:

In honor of David W. Finney (1839-1916), at the time lieutenant governor of Kansas.  Originally Sequoyah, from the celebrated Cherokee Indian of that name, the inventor of the alphabet of his language, and a most remarkable man. Changed in 1883 to Finney.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Garden City (city)

28,451

Garden City Township

7,400

Garfield Township

331

Ivanhoe Township

666

Pierceville Township

551

Pleasant Valley Township

139

Sherlock Township

2,758

Terry Township

227

Total population:

40,523

 

 

Township map of Finney County, 2000

Population:

1890

(4,231)

1900

(3,469)

1910

(6,908)

1920

(7,674)

1930

(11,014)

1940

(10,092)

1950

(15,092)

1960

(16,093)

1970

(18,947)

1980

(23,825)

1990

(33,070)

2000

(40,523)

 

 

Ford County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

April 05, 1873

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Ford County

County Seat:

Dodge City

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1873.  In honor of James H. Ford (died 1867), colonel of the Second Colorado Cavalry, which in 1864 was posted along the Kansas/Missouri line to defend against bushwhackers and guerrillas. During the Confederate Gen. Sterling Price's raid through Kansas and Missouri in late 1864, Col. Ford and the 2nd Colorado fought at the battles of the Little Blue, Westport, and Mine Creek. Late in the war, the regiment was largely devoted to escorting supply and wagon trains across Kansas, and occasional skirmishes with Indians. Col. Ford, brevetted as brigadier general, commanded the military District of the Upper Arkansas, in which role he selected a location between two fordable crossings of the Arkansas River for the site of what became Fort Dodge.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Dodge City (city)

25,176

Bloom Township

113

Bucklin Township

900

Concord Township

117

Dodge Township

899

Enterprise Township

1,113

Fairview Township

346

Ford Township

456

Grandview Township

784

Pleasant Valley Township

[defunct]

Richland Township

931

Royal Township

105

Sodville Township

110

Spearville Township

1,150

Wheatland Township

170

Wilburn Township

88

Total population:

32,458

 

 

Township map of Ford County, 2000

Population:

1870

(427)

1880

(3,122)

1890

(5,308)

1900

(5,497)

1910

(11,393)

1920

(14,273)

1930

(20,647)

1940

(17,254)

1950

(19,670)

1960

(20,938)

1970

(22,587)

1980

(24,315)

1990

(27,463)

2000

(32,458)

 

 

Franklin County, Kansas

Date Established:

August 25, 1855

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Franklin County

County Seat:

Ottawa

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1855.  In honor of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), the American statesman and inventor.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Ottawa (city)

11,921

Appanoose Township

293

Centropolis Township

997

Cutler Township

856

Franklin Township

2,552

Greenwood Township

429

Harrison Township

445

Hayes Township

397

Homewood Township

493

Lincoln Township

797

Ohio Township

783

Ottawa Township

868

Peoria Township

626

Pomona Township

1,174

Pottawatomie Township

669

Richmond Township

812

Williamsburg Township

672

Total population:

24,784

 

 

Township map of Franklin County, 2000

Population:

1860

(3,030)

1870

(10,385)

1880

(16,797)

1890

(20,279)

1900

(21,354)

1910

(20,884)

1920

(21,946)

1930

(22,024)

1940

(20,889)

1950

(19,928)

1960

(19,548)

1970

(20,007)

1980

(22,062)

1990

(21,994)

2000

(24,784)

 

 

Geary County, Kansas

Date Established:

March 07, 1889

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Geary County

County Seat:

Junction City

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1855 as Davis County, which name was given for Jefferson Davis--United States Senator and Secretary of war--who became President of the Southern Confederacy.  The Legislature changed the name to Geary in 1869, in honor of John W. Geary (1819-1873), territorial governor of Kansas.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Junction City (city)

18,886

Blakely Township

113

Jackson Township

78

Jefferson Township

1,651

Liberty Township

225

Lyon Township

298

Milford Township

1,583

Smoky Hill Township

4,974

Wingfield Township

139

Total population:

27,947

 

 

Township map of Geary County, 2000

Population:

1890

(10,423)

1900

(10,744)

1910

(12,681)

1920

(13,452)

1930

(14,366)

1940

(15,222)

1950

(21,671)

1960

(28,779)

1970

(28,111)

1980

(29,852)

1990

(30,453)

2000

(27,947)

 

 

Gove County, Kansas

Date Established:

March 11, 1868

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Gove County

County Seat:

Gove

Origin of Name:

Organized September 2, 1886.  In honor of Capt. Grenville L. Gove of Co. G, Eleventh Kansas Cavalry, who died 7 Nov 1864.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Baker Township

1,357

Gaeland Township

46

Gove Township

215

Grainfield Township

430

Grinnell Township

480

Jerome Township

132

Larrabee Township

80

Lewis Township

13

Payne Township

315

Total population:

3,068

 

 

Township map of Gove County, 2000

Population:

1880

(1,196)

1890

(2,994)

1900

(2,441)

1910

(6,044)

1920

(4,748)

1930

(5,643)

1940

(4,793)

1950

(4,447)

1960

(4,107)

1970

(3,940)

1980

(3,726)

1990

(3,231)

2000

(3,068)

 

 

Graham County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1887

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Graham County

County Seat:

Hill City

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1880.  In memory of Capt. John L. Graham, of Co. D, Eighth Kansas Infantry, who was killed in action at the Battle of Chickamauga on 19 Sept. 1863.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Allodium Township

46

Bryant Township

115

Gettysburg Township

83

Graham Township

53

Happy Township

72

Hill City Township

1,747

Indiana Township

42

Millbrook Township

150

Morlan Township

68

Nicodemus Township

52

Pioneer Township

57

Solomon Township

209

Wildhorse Township

252

Total population:

2,946

 

 

Township map of Graham County, 2000

Population:

1880

(4,258)

1890

(5,029)

1900

(5,173)

1910

(8,700)

1920

(7,624)

1930

(7,772)

1940

(6,071)

1950

(5,020)

1960

(5,586)

1970

(4,751)

1980

(3,995)

1990

(3,543)

2000

(2,946)

 

 

Grant County, Kansas

Date Established:

March 20, 1873

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Grant County

County Seat:

Ulysses

Origin of Name:

Organized June 9, 1888.  In honor of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the most capable of the Union generals during the Civil War, and later the 18th president of the United States.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Howard Township

[defunct]

Lincoln Township

7,058

Sheridan Township

[defunct]

Sherman Township

498

Sullivan Township

353

Thomas Township

[defunct]

Total population:

7,909

 

 

Township map of Grant County, 2000

Population:

1880

(9)

1890

(1,308)

1900

(422)

1910

(1,087)

1920

(1,087)

1930

(3,092)

1940

(1,946)

1950

(4,638)

1960

(5,269)

1970

(5,961)

1980

(6,977)

1990

(7,159)

2000

(7,909)

 

 

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