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LEAVENWORTH
LINCOLN
LINN
LOGAN
LYON
MARION
MARSHALL
McPHERSON
MEADE
MIAMI
MITCHELL
MONTGOMERY
MORRIS
MORTON
NEMAHA
NEOSHO
NESS
NORTON

Leavenworth County, Kansas

Date Established:

August 25, 1855

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Leavenworth County

County Seat:

Leavenworth

Origin of Name:

In honor of Gen. Henry Leavenworth (1783-1834), U.S. Army. Leavenworth, directed to establish a military post on the east bank of the Missouri River near the confluence of the Little Platte, instead selected a site on high ground on the west bank to establish Cantonment Leavenworth, later renamed Fort Leavenworth.  Organized in 1855. 

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Lansing (city)

9,199

Leavenworth (city)

35,420

Alexandria Township

859

Delaware Township

1,361

Easton Township

1,245

Fairmount Township

6,266

High Prairie Township

1,768

Kickapoo Township

1,760

Reno Township

1,143

Sherman Township

2,367

Stranger Township

2,451

Tonganoxie Township

4,852

Total population:

68,691

 

 

Township map of Leavenworth County, 2000

Population:

1860

(12,606)

1870

(32,444)

1880

(32,355)

1890

(38,485)

1900

(40,940)

1910

(41,207)

1920

(38,402)

1930

(42,673)

1940

(41,112)

1950

(42,361)

1960

(48,524)

1970

(53,340)

1980

(54,809)

1990

(64,371)

2000

(68,691)

 

 

Lincoln County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Lincoln County

County Seat:

Lincoln

Origin of Name:

In memory of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the martyred sixteenth president of the United States.  Organized in 1870.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Battle Creek Township

51

Beaver Township

454

Cedron Township

47

Colorado Township

340

Elkhorn Township

927

Franklin Township

80

Golden Belt Township

67

Grant Township

91

Hanover Township

43

Highland Township

65

Indiana Township

206

Logan Township

67

Madison Township

96

Marion Township

103

Orange Township

68

Pleasant Township

482

Salt Creek Township

61

Scott Township

158

Valley Township

69

Vesper Township

103

Total population:

3,578

 

 

Township map of Lincoln County, 2000

Population:

1870

(516)

1880

(8,582)

1890

(9,709)

1900

(9,886)

1910

(10,142)

1920

(9,894)

1930

(9,707)

1940

(8,338)

1950

(6,643)

1960

(5,556)

1970

(4,582)

1980

(4,145)

1990

(3,653)

2000

(3,578)

 

 

Linn County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Linn County

County Seat:

Mound City

Origin of Name:

For Lewis F. Linn (1796-1843), a doctor and U.S. senator from Missouri who died in 1843 while in office.  He was a colleague of Hon. Thos. H, Benton.  Organized in 1855.

Interesting notes:

Linn County is one of the most naturally beautiful and historically significant counties in Kansas. It is particularly well known for its pre-Civil War and Civil War history, which earned this area the name "Bleeding Kansas."
 
Linn County was home to the original Kansas Jayhawkers, the site of the Marais des Cygnes Massacre, one of the triggers of the Civil War, and the location of the only Civil War battlefield in Kansas.
 
The confluence of the Marais des Cygnes River and Big Sugar Creek resulted in natural wetlands which are now protected as a wildlife refuge.
 
The county is now experiencing rapid growth due to its proximity to the Kansas City metropolitan area, and to the US 69 corridor which runs through the eastern part of the county.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Blue Mound Township

500

Centerville Township

389

Liberty Township

908

Lincoln Township

2,251

Mound City Township

1,421

Paris Township

494

Potosi Township

2,080

Scott Township

641

Sheridan Township

560

Stanton Township

169

Valley Township

157

Total population:

9,570

 

 

Township map of Linn County, 2000

Population:

1860

(6,336)

1870

(12,174)

1880

(15,298)

1890

(17,215)

1900

(16,689)

1910

(14,735)

1920

(13,815)

1930

(13,534)

1940

(11,969)

1950

(10,053)

1960

(8,274)

1970

(7,770)

1980

(8,234)

1990

(8,254)

2000

(9,570)

 

 

Logan County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 24, 1887

Date Organized:

September 17, 1887

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Logan County

County Seat:

Oakley

Origin of Name:

In honor of John A. Logan (1826-1886), a Union general during the Civil War and later U.S. senator from Illinois.  Organized September 17, 1887.  By an act of the Legislature in 1887, the name of the then unorganized county of St. John was changed to Logan.

History and notes:

Until 1963 Russell Springs was the county seat for Logan County. There was much feuding over which town should serve as county seat. Oakley won the honor in 1963. In 1965 the old county courthouse in Russell Springs became the Butterfield Trail Historical Museum.
 
Russell Springs, founded in 1865, was the Eaton stop on the Butterfield Overland Dispatch stage line. The line ran through rough Indian country to connect the gold mines in Denver, Colorado, with Fort Riley, Kansas. It ran until the Kansas Pacific Railroad was built. Travelers on the Butterfield Trail always made the natural springs in the area a watering place, calling them "Russell's springs."

 

Logan county is located in western Kansas just south of Interstate 70 and one county east of the Colorado line. The valley of the Smoky Hill River cuts a beautiful, broad swath through the county.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Augustine Township

26

Elkader Township

15

Lees Township

17

Logansport Township

14

McAllaster Township

29

Monument Township

144

Oakley Township

2,343

Paxton Township

24

Russell Springs Township

71

Western Township

44

Winona Township

319

Total population:

3,046

 

 

Township map of Logan County, 2000

Population:

1890

(3,384)

1900

(1,962)

1910

(4,240)

1920

(3,223)

1930

(4,145)

1940

(3,688)

1950

(4,206)

1960

(4,036)

1970

(3,814)

1980

(3,478)

1990

(3,081)

2000

(3,046)

 

 

Lyon County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 05, 1862

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Lyon County

County Seat:

Emporia

Origin of Name:

In honor of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon (1818-1861), who became the first Union general to die in battle in the Civil War when he was killed in action at Wilson's Creek, Missouri, on 10 Aug 1861.  Organized in 1860.  Named by the first Legislature, Breckenridge, in honor of John C. Breckenridge, United States Senator from Kentucky, and who became Vice-President of the United States in 1856.  Name changed to Lyon.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Emporia (city)

26,760

Agnes City Township

468

Americus Township

1,522

Center Township

1,201

Elmendaro Township

949

Emporia Township

1,167

Fremont Township

842

Ivy Township

304

Jackson Township

995

Pike Township

899

Reading Township

547

Waterloo Township

281

Total population:

35,935

 

 

Township map of Lyon County, 2000

Population:

1870

(8,014)

1880

(17,326)

1890

(23,196)

1900

(25,074)

1910

(24,927)

1920

(26,154)

1930

(29,240)

1940

(26,424)

1950

(26,576)

1960

(26,928)

1970

(32,071)

1980

(35,108)

1990

(34,732)

2000

(35,935)

 

 

Marion County, Kansas

Date Established:

August 30, 1855

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Marion County

County Seat:

Marion

Origin of Name:

In honor of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (1732?-1795). Known as the 'Swamp Fox' for his elusive tactics, he led a largely guerrilla campaign of raids and skirmishes against the British in South Carolina, wrecking havoc on British communication and supply lines, then withdrawing into the swamps.  Organized in 1860.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Florence (city)

671

Hillsboro (city)

2,854

Marion (city)

2,110

Blaine Township

212

Catlin Township

180

Centre Township

535

Clark Township

149

Clear Creek Township

592

Colfax Township

218

Doyle Township

75

Durham Park Township

230

East Branch Township

188

Fairplay Township

121

Gale Township

220

Grant Township

128

Lehigh Township

370

Liberty Township

327

Logan Township

127

Lost Springs Township

201

Menno Township

317

Milton Township

348

Moore Township

65

Peabody Township

1,544

Risley Township

241

Summit Township

82

West Branch Township

1,024

Wilson Township

232

Total population:

13,361

 

 

Township map of Marion County, 2000

Population:

1860

(74)

1870

(768)

1880

(12,453)

1890

(20,539)

1900

(20,676)

1910

(22,415)

1920

(22,923)

1930

(20,739)

1940

(18,951)

1950

(16,307)

1960

(15,143)

1970

(13,935)

1980

(13,522)

1990

(12,888)

2000

(13,361)

 

 

Marshall County, Kansas

Date Established:

August 25, 1855

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Marshall County

County Seat:

Marysville

Origin of Name:

For Frank [or Francis] J. Marshall, member of the first territorial legislature, who operated a ferry on the Big Blue River at the crossing of the old Independence-California road in 1849 on the Oregon Trail.  Organized in 1855.  He was a prominent member of the first Legislature, and had his own name applied to the county. Marysville was declared the permanent county seat by the Legislature in 1860.

History:

Marshall County was located on the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, and the route of the Pony Express. The Holladay stage line from Atchison to Salt Lake City also passed though here. Frank J. Marshall, a pioneer merchant, operated a tavern and a ferry across the Big Blue river and Marysville is named for his wife Mary. He was a proslavery candidate for governor in 1857.
 
Blue Rapids was the site of the first gypsum mine in Kansas, which opened in 1862. Gypsum is still mined and Georgia Pacific is a major employer.
 
A crowd of 3,000 watched the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Giants 8-5 in an exhibition game in Blue Rapids on October 24, 1913. The field is still in use; how many other cities have diamonds used by John McGraw, Jim Thorpe, and Christy Mathewson.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Marysville (city)

3,271

Balderson Township

106

Bigelow Township

66

Blue Rapids City Township

1,201

Blue Rapids Township

78

Center Township

151

Clear Fork Township

54

Cleveland Township

91

Cottage Hill Township

143

Elm Creek Township

178

Franklin Township

337

Guittard Township

454

Herkimer Township

234

Lincoln Township

130

Logan Township

335

Marysville Township

383

Murray Township

640

Noble Township

217

Oketo Township

251

Richland Township

206

Rock Township

123

St. Bridget Township

232

Vermillion Township

1,012

Walnut Township

144

Waterville Township

797

Wells Township

131

Total population:

10,965

 

 

Township map of Marshall County, 2000

Population:

1860

(2,280)

1870

(6,901)

1880

(16,136)

1890

(23,912)

1900

(24,355)

1910

(23,880)

1920

(22,730)

1930

(23,056)

1940

(20,986)

1950

(17,926)

1960

(15,598)

1970

(13,139)

1980

(12,787)

1990

(11,705)

2000

(10,965)

 

 

McPherson County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

March 01, 1870

Location:

Kansas map showing location of McPherson County

County Seat:

McPherson

Origin of Name:

For Gen. James B. McPherson (1828-1864). Major-general and commander of the Army of the Tennessee, he was the highest-ranking Union officer to be killed in battle during the Civil War, at the Battle of Atlanta.  Organized, 1870.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Lindsborg (city)

3,321

McPherson (city)

13,770

Battle Hill Township

91

Bonaville Township

66

Canton Township

1,090

Castle Township

225

Delmore Township

138

Empire Township

1,178

Groveland Township

234

Gypsum Creek Township

215

Harper Township

137

Hayes Township

287

Jackson Township

198

King City Township

544

Little Valley Township

475

Lone Tree Township

486

Marquette Township

776

McPherson Township

618

Meridian Township

341

Mound Township

2,104

New Gottland Township

354

Smoky Hill Township

297

South Sharps Creek Township

112

Spring Valley Township

373

Superior Township

1,640

Turkey Creek Township

294

Union Township

190

Total population:

29,554

 

 

Township map of McPherson County, 2000

Population:

1870

(738)

1880

(17,143)

1890

(21,614)

1900

(21,421)

1910

(21,521)

1920

(21,845)

1930

(23,588)

1940

(24,152)

1950

(23,670)

1960

(24,285)

1970

(24,778)

1980

(26,855)

1990

(27,268)

2000

(29,554)

 

 

Meade County, Kansas

Date Established:

March 20, 1873

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Meade County

County Seat:

Meade

Origin of Name:

For Gen. George G. Meade (1815-1872), Union army general and the victor at Gettysburg.  Organized November 3, 1885.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Cimarron Township

93

Crooked Creek Township

92

Eden Township

[defunct]

Fowler Township

749

Logan Township

100

Meade Center Township

1,968

Mertilla Township

221

Odee Township

50

Sand Creek Township

38

West Plains Township

1,320

Total population:

4,631

 

 

Township map of Meade County, 2000

Population:

1880

(296)

1890

(2,542)

1900

(1,581)

1910

(5,055)

1920

(5,542)

1930

(6,858)

1940

(5,522)

1950

(5,710)

1960

(5,505)

1970

(4,912)

1980

(4,788)

1990

(4,247)

2000

(4,631)

 

 

Miami County, Kansas

Date Established:

June 03, 1861

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Miami County

County Seat:

Paola

Origin of Name:

Organized in 1855 under the name of Lykins.  In honor of Dr. David Lykins, who was a missionary among the Miamis.  He was also a member of the first Territorial Council.  Name changed in 1861 to Miami, after the tribe of Indians.

 

 

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Louisburg (city)

2,576

Osawatomie (city)

4,645

Paola (city)

5,011

Spring Hill (city)

436

Marysville Township

2,575

Miami Township

506

Middle Creek Township

1,649

Mound Township

705

Osage Township

649

Osawatomie Township

794

Paola Township

1,100

Richland Township

1,758

Stanton Township

925

Sugar Creek Township

449

Ten Mile Township

1,259

Valley Township

1,478

Wea Township

1,836

Total population:

28,351

 

 

Township map of Miami County, 2000

Population:

1870

(11,725)

1880

(17,802)

1890

(19,614)

1900

(21,641)

1910

(20,030)

1920

(19,809)

1930

(21,243)

1940

(19,489)

1950

(19,698)

1960

(19,884)

1970

(19,254)

1980

(21,618)

1990

(23,466)

2000

(28,351)

 

 

Mitchell County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Mitchell County

County Seat:

Beloit

Origin of Name:

For William D. Mitchell, who entered the Union army as a private in Company K, Second Kansas Cavalry. Promoted to captain in a Kentucky regiment, he was killed in action at Monroe's Cross Roads, North Carolina, in 1865.  Organized in 1870. 

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Beloit (city)

4,019

Asherville Township

122

Beloit Township

222

Bloomfield Township

83

Blue Hill Township

36

Carr Creek Township

31

Cawker Township

578

Center Township

49

Custer Township

132

Eureka Township

41

Glen Elder Township

553

Hayes Township

21

Logan Township

168

Lulu Township

90

Pittsburg Township

346

Plum Creek Township

119

Round Springs Township

27

Salt Creek Township

39

Solomon Rapids Township

80

Turkey Creek Township

134

Walnut Creek Township

42

Total population:

6,932

 

 

Township map of Mitchell County, 2000

Population:

1870

(485)

1880

(14,911)

1890

(15,037)

1900

(14,647)

1910

(14,089)

1920

(13,886)

1930

(12,774)

1940

(11,339)

1950

(10,320)

1960

(8,866)

1970

(8,010)

1980

(8,117)

1990

(7,203)

2000

(6,932)

 

 

Montgomery County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Montgomery County

County Seat:

Independence

Origin of Name:

In honor of Gen. Richard Montgomery (1738-1775), a Revolutionary War hero.  He was born in Ireland December 2, 1736, was an officer of distinction in the British Army, resigned and settled in New York State in 1773, and was appointed one of the eight generals to command the revolutionary army.  He led the army into Canada and captured the city of Montreal.  He died while attempting to capture Québec, December 31, 1775, shouting, "Death or Liberty!".  Organized in 1869.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Caney (city)

2,092

Cherryvale (city)

2,386

Coffeyville (city)

11,021

Independence (city)

9,846

Caney Township

1,244

Cherokee Township

541

Cherry Township

517

Drum Creek Township

537

Fawn Creek Township

2,036

Independence Township

2,342

Liberty Township

473

Louisburg Township

629

Parker Township

1,212

Rutland Township

302

Sycamore Township

835

West Cherry Township

239

Total population:

36,252

 

 

Township map of Montgomery County, 2000

Population:

1870

(7,564)

1880

(18,213)

1890

(23,104)

1900

(29,039)

1910

(49,474)

1920

(49,645)

1930

(51,411)

1940

(49,729)

1950

(46,487)

1960

(45,007)

1970

(39,949)

1980

(42,281)

1990

(38,816)

2000

(36,252)

 

 

Morris County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 11, 1859

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Morris County

County Seat:

Council Grove

Origin of Name:

For Thomas Morris (1776-1844), U.S. senator from Ohio.   Organized as Wise in 1855, named for Henry A. Wise, who was Governor of Virginia during the John Brown seizure of Harper's Ferry.  The execution of that "grand old man," at Charlestown, December 2, 1859, was one of the last acts of Wise's administration.  Name was changed to Morris in February, 1859, in honor of Thomas Morris, a United States Senator from Ohio in 1832, who distinguished himself as an opponent of slavery.  He died in 1844.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Council Grove (city)

2,321

Herington (city)

0

Burdick Township

[defunct]

Clarks Creek Township

[defunct]

Council Grove Township

[defunct]

Diamond Valley Township

[defunct]

Elm Creek Township

[defunct]

Four Mile Township

[defunct]

Garfield Township

[defunct]

Grandview Township

[defunct]

Highland Township

94

Neosho Township

[defunct]

Ohio Township

[defunct]

Overland Township

60

Parker Township

[defunct]

Rolling Prairie Township

[defunct]

Township No. 1

551

Township No. 2

688

Township No. 3

503

Township No. 4

252

Township No. 5

686

Township No. 6

111

Township No. 7

258

Township No. 8

212

Township No. 9

368

Valley Township

[defunct]

Warren Township

[defunct]

Total population:

6,104

 

 

Township map of Morris County, 2000

Population:

1860

(770)

1870

(2,225)

1880

(9,265)

1890

(11,381)

1900

(11,967)

1910

(12,397)

1920

(12,005)

1930

(11,859)

1940

(10,363)

1950

(8,485)

1960

(7,392)

1970

(6,432)

1980

(6,419)

1990

(6,198)

2000

(6,104)

 

 

Morton County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 20, 1886

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Morton County

County Seat:

Elkhart

Origin of Name:

For Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton (1823-1877), U.S. senator from Indiana.  Organized November 18, 1886.  County seat originally Richfield.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Cimarron Township

67

Jones Township

17

Richfield Township

218

Rolla Township

650

Taloga Township

2,437

Westola Township

107

Total population:

3,496

 

 

Township map of Morton County, 2000

Population:

1890

(724)

1900

(304)

1910

(1,333)

1920

(3,177)

1930

(4,092)

1940

(2,186)

1950

(2,610)

1960

(3,354)

1970

(3,576)

1980

(3,454)

1990

(3,480)

2000

(3,496)

 

 

Nemaha County, Kansas

Date Established:

August 25, 1855

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Nemaha County

County Seat:

Seneca

Origin of Name:

Several etymologies are given for this name, derived from the Indian word Ne-ma-ha; most probably, it is an Otoe Indian word meaning 'muddy water' or 'swampy water' that was originally applied to the Nemaha River and later to the county through which it flows. Other interpretations: (1) 'water of cultivation'; (2) 'no papoose,' because the tribes did not live in the area or raise families, but merely wandered through on hunting parties; (3) 'furthest up water'; or (4) 'water of the Omahas.'  Organized in 1873.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Sabetha (city)

2,582

Seneca (city)

2,122

Adams Township

213

Berwick Township

391

Capioma Township

161

Center Township

200

Clear Creek Township

123

Gilman Township

223

Granada Township

122

Harrison Township

399

Home Township

567

Illinois Township

453

Marion Township

457

Mitchell Township

305

Nemaha Township

184

Neuchatel Township

117

Red Vermillion Township

137

Reilly Township

153

Richmond Township

538

Rock Creek Township

302

Washington Township

465

Wetmore Township

503

Total population:

10,717

 

 

Township map of Nemaha County, 2000

Population:

1860

(2,436)

1870

(7,339)

1880

(12,462)

1890

(19,249)

1900

(20,376)

1910

(19,072)

1920

(18,487)

1930

(18,342)

1940

(16,761)

1950

(14,341)

1960

(12,897)

1970

(11,825)

1980

(11,211)

1990

(10,446)

2000

(10,717)

 

 

Neosho County, Kansas

Date Established:

June 03, 1861

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Neosho County

County Seat:

Erie

Origin of Name:

Named for the Neosho River, which traverses the county. The river was named by the Osage Indians; some sources say it derives from the word ne-o-zho or ne-u-zhu, meaning clear water, while others assert it comes from the Osage words ne, meaning water, and osho or ozho, meaning a bowl or basin. In the latter etymology, the river is so named from the fact that it has many deep bowls or basins of water.  Organized in 1864.

History:

Formerly known as Dorn County (see Labette).

At an election held in 1867, the county seat was located at the geographical center of the county. The following year, the issue again came to a vote, the rivals being Osage Mission and Erie. Erie was declared the winner, but a subsequent recount awarded the victory to Osage Mission. The clerk's records and tax rolls were surreptitiously removed from Erie for conveyance to the Mission, but were never found. Another election and round of litigation, settled in 1874 by the Kansas Supreme Court, moved the seat back to Erie.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Chanute (city)

9,411

Big Creek Township

456

Canville Township

571

Centerville Township

564

Chetopa Township

894

Erie Township

1,524

Grant Township

384

Ladore Township

401

Lincoln Township

345

Mission Township

927

Shiloh Township

297

Tioga Township

885

Walnut Grove Township

338

Total population:

16,997

 

 

Township map of Neosho County, 2000

Population:

1870

(10,206)

1880

(15,121)

1890

(18,561)

1900

(19,254)

1910

(23,754)

1920

(24,000)

1930

(22,665)

1940

(22,210)

1950

(20,348)

1960

(19,455)

1970

(18,812)

1980

(18,967)

1990

(17,035)

2000

(16,997)

 

 

Ness County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

 

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Ness County

County Seat:

Ness City

Origin of Name:

In memory of Corp. Noah Van Buren Ness (or Kness), of Co. G, 7th Kansas Cavalry, who died 22 Aug 1864 at Abbeyville, Miss., of wounds received in action three days earlier. His military records spelled his surname Ness, and that spelling was used in the statute creating the county; however, recent research indicates he signed his name Kness on various legal documents. (See 'City, county realize their own name is misspelled', Topeka Capital-Journal, 6 Sept 2004.)  Organized in 1873.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Bazine Township

441

Center Township

1,567

Eden Township

70

Forrester Township

109

Franklin Township

132

Highpoint Township

93

Johnson Township

76

Nevada Township

479

Ohio Township

345

Waring Township

142

Total population:

3,454

 

 

Township map of Ness County, 2000

Population:

1870

(2)

1880

(3,722)

1890

(4,944)

1900

(4,535)

1910

(5,883)

1920

(7,490)

1930

(8,358)

1940

(6,864)

1950

(6,322)

1960

(5,470)

1970

(4,791)

1980

(4,498)

1990

(4,033)

2000

(3,454)

 

 

Norton County, Kansas

Date Established:

February 26, 1867

Date Organized:

August 22, 1872

Location:

Kansas map showing location of Norton County

County Seat:

Norton

Origin of Name:

In memory of Capt. Orloff Norton of Co. L, 15th Kansas Cavalry, who was killed by guerillas near Cane Hill, Ark., on 11 Nov 1864.  Organized in 1872. 

History:

The county was organized largely at the behest of N.H. Billings, who presented a forged petition to the governor, followed by a largely fictitious census. Once the governor issued the proclamation of organization, naming Billingsville the temporary county seat, Billings returned to the county and in the first election in Sept. 1872 was elected state representative, county attorney, and county superintendent of schools. During the 1873 session, the county was represented in the legislature by N. H. Billings, who, in consequence of his peculiarities, became a sort of butt of the Legislature.  A member of the Senate at the time, had the name of Norton changed to Billings, in two lines hidden in a paragraph of a Bill fixing the boundaries of certain counties.  The legislature, making sport of Billings' vanity, renamed the county in his honor.  The next year, the name of Norton was restored.

Cities & Townships:

Place

Population (2000 census)

Norton (city)

3,012

Aldine Township

[defunct]

Almelo Township

[defunct]

Almena Township

[defunct]

Almena-District 4 Township

614

Belle Plaine Township

[defunct]

Center Township

[defunct]

Center-District 1 Township

1,382

Clayton Township

[defunct]

Crystal Township

[defunct]

Emmett Township

[defunct]

Garfield Township

[defunct]

Grant Township

[defunct]

Harrison-District 6 Township

12

Highland Township

[defunct]

Highland-District 2 Township

737

Lenora Township

[defunct]

Leota Township

[defunct]

Lincoln Township

[defunct]

Modell Township

[defunct]

Noble Township

[defunct]

Orange Township

[defunct]

Rock Branch Township

[defunct]

Rockwell Township

[defunct]

Sand Creek Township

[defunct]

Solomon Township

[defunct]

Solomon-District 3 Township

196

West Union Township

[defunct]

Total population:

5,953

 

 

Township map of Norton County, 2000

Population:

1880

(6,998)

1890

(10,617)

1900

(11,325)

1910

(11,614)

1920

(11,423)

1930

(11,701)

1940

(9,831)

1950

(8,808)

1960

(8,035)

1970

(7,279)

1980

(6,689)

1990

(5,947)

2000

(5,953)

 

 

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