History and Facts of Kansas Counties
The Kansas Territory, was organized on May 30, 1854. The State of Kansas was created as the 34th state on January 29, 1861. States that border Kansas are Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Kansas contains 105 counties; 28 other counties have existed but are now defunct due to name changes, reorganizations, or mergers and splits.
Between 1803 and 1819, several famous explorers came to explore the region that is now the state of Kansas. Some of those explorers were Stephen H. Long, the famous exploring duo of Lewis and Clark, and Zebulon Pike. However, it wasn’t until 1827 that the first permanent settlement was established at Fort Leavenworth. In 1842, a settlement at Fort Scott was established, followed by one at Fort Riley in 1853. The point of some of those settlements was to protect those traveling along either the Oregon Trail or the Santa Fe Trail.
From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory.
List of Kansas Counties
Kansas is divided into 105 counties.
|County||Created||Created From||Named For||County Seat||Notes|
|Adair County||11 Dec 1801||Green County||In honor of John Adair, the eighth Governor of Kentucky (1820–1824)||Columbia|
|Allen County||11 Jan 1815||Barren and Warren Counties||In honor of John Allen (1771–1813), hero of the Battle of Frenchtown in the War of 1812||Scottsville|
|Anderson County||16 Jan 1827||Franklin, Mercer, and Washington Counties||In honor of Richard Clough Anderson, Jr., a Kentucky and United States legislator (1817–1821)||Lawrenceburg|
|Ballard County||15 Feb 1842||Hickman and McCracken Counties||in honor of Bland Ballard (1761–1853), hero of the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin during the War of 1812||Wickliffe|
|Barren County||20 Dec 1798||Green and Warren Counties||the Barrens, a region of grassland in Kentucky||Glasgow|
|Bath County||15 Jan 1811||Montgomery County||Medicinal springs located within the county||Owingsville|
|Bell County||01 Aug 1867||Knox and Harlan Counties||In honor of Joshua Fry Bell, Kentucky legislator (1862–1867)||Pineville|
|Boone County||13 Dec 1798||Campbell County||In honor of Daniel Boone (1734–1820), a frontiersman||Burlington|
|Bourbon County||17 Oct 1785||Fayette County||House of Bourbon, a European royal house||Paris|
|Boyd County||16 Feb 1860||Carter, Lawrence, and Greenup Counties||In honor of Linn Boyd, a United States Congressman (1835–1837; 1839–1855) and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1859)||Catlettsburg|
|Boyle County||15 Feb 1842||Lincoln and Mercer Counties||In honor of John Boyle, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1810–1826)||Danville|
|Bracken County||14 Dec 1796||Campbell and Mason Counties||In honor of William Bracken, a trapper and frontiersman||Brooksville|
|Breathitt County||08 Feb 1839||Clay, Estill, and Perry Counties||In honor of John Breathitt, the eleventh Governor of Kentucky (1832–1834)||Jackson|
|Breckinridge County||07 Dec 1799||Hardin County||In honor of John Breckinridge (1760–1806), a Kentucky statesman and U.S. Senator.||Hardinsburg|
|Bullitt County||13 Dec 1796||Jefferson and Nelson Counties||In honor of Alexander Scott Bullitt, a Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1800–1804)||Shepherdsville|
|Butler County||18 Jan 1810||Logan and Ohio Counties||in honor of General Richard Butler (1743–1791), of the American Revolutionary War||Morgantown|
|Caldwell County||31 Jan 1809||Livingston County||In honor of John Caldwell, a Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1804)||Princeton|
|Calloway County||03 Nov 1822||Hickman County||In honor of Richard Callaway (1724–1780), a pioneer||Murray|
|Campbell County||17 Dec 1794||Harrison, Mason, and Scott Counties||In honor of Colonel John Campbell (1735–1799), of the American Revolutionary War||Alexandria & Newport|
|Carlisle County||03 May 1886||Hickman County||In honor of John G. Carlisle, a United States legislator (1877–1889) and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives||Bardwell|
|Carroll County||09 Feb 1838||Gallatin, Henry, and Trimble Counties||In honor of Charles Carroll (1737–1832), the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence||Carrollton|
|Carter County||10 Apr 1838||Greenup and Lawrence Counties||In honor of William Grayson Carter, a Kentucky state senator (1834–1838)||Grayson|
|Casey County||14 Nov 1806||Lincoln County||In honor of Colonel William Casey (1754–1816), of the American Revolutionary War||Liberty|
|Christian County||13 Dec 1796||Logan County||In honor of William Christian (1743–1786), an American Revolutionary War soldier and founder of Louisville, Kentucky||Hopkinsville|
|Clark County||06 Dec 1792||Bourbon and Fayette Counties||In honor of General George Rogers Clark (1752–1818), of the American Revolutionary War||Winchester|
|Clay County||01 Apr 1807||Madison, Floyd, and Knox Counties||In honor of General Green Clay (1757–1828), of the American Revolutionary War and a western surveyor||Manchester|
|Clinton County||20 Feb 1835||Wayne and Cumberland Counties||In honor of DeWitt Clinton, a Governor of New York (1817–1823)||Albany|
|Crittenden County||01 Apr 1842||Livingston County||In honor of John Jordan Crittenden, the seventeenth Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)||Marion|
|Cumberland County||14 Dec 1798||Green County||Cumberland River, which flows through the county||Burkesville|
|Daviess County||14 Jan 1815||Ohio County||In honor of Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (1774–1811), a lawyer killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe during the War of 1812||Owensboro||The county's borders were altered in 1829 to form Hancock County, in 1830 to absorb a small area surrounding Whitesville, in 1854 to cede land to McLean County, and in 1860 to annex forty-four square miles from Henderson County|
|Edmonson County||12 Jan 1825||Grayson, Hart, and Warren Counties||In honor of Captain John Edmonson (1764–1813), killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812||Brownsville|
|Elliott County||01 Apr 1869||Carter, Lawrence, and Morgan Counties||In honor of John Milton Elliott (1820–1885), a U.S. Representative from Kentucky||Sandy Hook|
|Estill County||19 Feb 1808||Clark and Madison Counties||In honor of Captain James Estill (1750–1782), killed at the Battle of Little Mountain during the American Revolutionary War||Irvine|
|Fayette County||30 Jun 1780||One of the three original counties||In honor of General Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), a French-born soldier during American Revolutionary War||Lexington|
|Fleming County||10 Feb 1798||Mason County||In honor of John Fleming (1735–1791), a frontiersman and one of the county's original settlers||Flemingsburg|
|Floyd County||01 Jun 1800||Fleming, Mason, and Montgomery Counties||In honor of John Floyd (1750–1783), a surveyor and pioneer||Prestonsburg|
|Franklin County||07 Dec 1794||Woodford, Mercer, and Shelby Counties||In honor of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. Founding Father||Frankfort|
|Fulton County||15 Jan 1845||Hickman County||In honor of Robert Fulton (1765–1815), an inventor of the first commercially successful steamboat||Hickman|
|Gallatin County||14 Dec 1798||Franklin and Shelby Counties||In honor of Albert Gallatin, a U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1801–1814)||Warsaw|
|Garrard County||17 Dec 1796||Madison, Lincoln, and Mercer Counties||In honor of James Garrard, the second Governor of Kentucky (1796–1804)||Lancaster|
|Grant County||12 Feb 1820||Pendleton County||In honor of Samuel Grant (1762–1789 or 1794), John Grant (1754–1826), and Squire Grant (1764–1833); three of the county's earliest settlers||Williamstown|
|Graves County||19 Dec 1821||Hickman County||In honor of Major Benjamin F. Graves (1771–1813), killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812||Mayfield|
|Grayson County||25 Jan 1810||The western part of Hardin County and the eastern part of Ohio County||In honor of William Grayson (1740–1790), aide to General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War and U.S. Senator from Virginia||Leitchfield|
|Green County||20 Dec 1792||Lincoln and Nelson Counties||In honor of General Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), of the American Revolutionary War||Greensburg|
|Greenup County||12 Dec 1803||Mason County||In honor of Christopher Greenup, the third Governor of Kentucky (1804–1808)||Greenup|
|Hancock County||03 Jan 1829||Daviess, Ohio, and Breckinridge Counties||In honor of John Hancock (1737–1793), a signer of the Declaration of Independence||Hawesville|
|Hardin County||15 Dec 1792||Nelson County||In honor of John Hardin (1753–1792), a pioneer||Elizabethtown|
|Harlan County||28 Jan 1819||Knox County||in honor of Major Silas Harlan (1753–1782), who fought in the Battle of Blue Licks during the War of 1812||Harlan|
|Harrison County||21 Dec 1793||Bourbon and Scott Counties||In honor of Benjamin Harrison (1726–1791), a co-author of the Kentucky Constitution||Cynthiana|
|Hart County||28 Jan 1819||Hardin and Barren Counties||In honor of Major Nathaniel G. S. Hart (1784–1813), an army major and lawyer captured at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812||Munfordville|
|Henderson County||21 Dec 1798||Christian County||In honor of Richard Henderson (1734–1785), the founder of the Transylvania Company||Henderson|
|Henry County||14 Dec 1798||Shelby County||In honor of Patrick Henry (1736–1799), an American Revolutionary War-era legislator and U.S. founding father||New Castle|
|Hickman County||19 Dec 1821||Caldwell and Livingston Counties||In honor of Captain Paschal Hickman, killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812||Clinton|
|Hopkins County||09 Dec 1806||Henderson County||In honor of General Samuel Hopkins (1753–1819), in the American Revolutionary War||Madisonville|
|Jackson County||02 Feb 1858||Rockcastle, Owsley, Madison, Clay, Estill, and Laurel Counties||In honor of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States (1829–1837)||McKee|
|Jefferson County||01 May 1780||One of the three original counties||In honor of Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States (1801–1809)||Louisville|
|Jessamine County||19 Dec 1798||Fayette County||Jessamine Creek, which contains a set of rapids that are the county's most well known natural feature||Nicholasville|
|Johnson County||24 Feb 1843||Floyd, Morgan, and Lawrence Counties||In honor of Richard Mentor Johnson, a Vice President of the United States (1837–1841)||Paintsville|
|Kenton County||29 Jan 1840||Campbell County||In honor of Simon Kenton (1755–1836), a pioneer||Covington & Independence|
|Knott County||05 May 1884||Perry, Breathitt, Floyd, and Letcher Counties||In honor of James Proctor Knott, the twenty-ninth Governor of Kentucky (1883–1887)||Hindman|
|Knox County||19 Dec 1799||Lincoln County||In honor of Henry Knox, United States Secretary of War (1785–1794)||Barbourville|
|Larue County||04 Mar 1843||Hardin County||In honor of John Larue (1746–1792), one of the county's original settlers and the grandfather of Governor John L. Helm||Hodgenville|
|Laurel County||21 Dec 1825||Whitley, Clay, Knox, and Rockcastle Counties||Mountain laurel trees that are prominent in the area||London|
|Lawrence County||14 Dec 1821||Floyd and Greenup Counties||In honor of James Lawrence (1781–1813), naval commander during the War of 1812||Louisa|
|Lee County||01 Mar 1870||Owsley, Breathitt, Wolfe, and Estill Counties||In honor of Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, an American Revolutionary War hero and Governor of Virginia||Beattyville|
|Leslie County||29 Mar 1878||Clay, Harlan, and Perry Counties||In honor of Preston Leslie, the twenty-sixth Governor of Kentucky (1871–1875)||Hyden|
|Letcher County||03 Mar 1842||Perry and Harlan Counties||In honor of Robert P. Letcher, the fifteenth Governor of Kentucky (1840–1844)||Whitesburg|
|Lewis County||02 Dec 1806||Mason County||In honor of Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), an explorer in the Lewis and Clark Expedition||Vanceburg|
|Lincoln County||30 Jun 1780||One of three original Kentucky counties||In honor of General Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), of the American Revolutionary War||Stanford|
|Livingston County||13 Dec 1798||Christian County||In honor of Robert Livingston (1746–1813), one of the "Committee of Five" that drafted the Declaration of Independence||Smithland|
|Logan County||01 Sep 1792||Lincoln County||In honor of General Benjamin Logan (1742–1802), of the American Revolutionary War||Russellville|
|Lyon County||14 Jan 1854||Caldwell County||In honor of Chittenden Lyon, a United States Representative from Kentucky (1827–1835||Eddyville|
|Madison County||15 Dec 1785||Lincoln County||in honor of James Madison, a President of the United States (1809–1817)||Richmond|
|Magoffin County||22 Feb 1860||Floyd, Johnson, and Morgan Counties||In honor of Beriah Magoffin, the twenty-first Governor of Kentucky (1859–1862)||Salyersville|
|Marion County||25 Jan 1834||Washington County||In honor of General Francis Marion (1732–1795), of the American Revolutionary War||Lebanon|
|Marshall County||01 Jun 1842||Calloway County||In honor of John Marshall, a Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1801–1835)||Benton|
|Martin County||01 Sep 1870||Lawrence, Floyd, Pike, and Johnson Counties||In honor of John P. Martin, a United States Congressman from Kentucky (1845–1847)||Inez|
|Mason County||05 Nov 1788||Bourbon County||In honor of George Mason (1725–1792), the statesman known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights"||Maysville|
|McCracken County||15 Jan 1825||Hickman County||In honor of Captain Virgil McCracken, killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812||Paducah|
|McCreary County||12 Mar 1912||Wayne, Pulaski, and Whitley Counties||In honor of James McCreary, the thirty-seventh Governor of Kentucky (1912–1916)||Whitley City|
|McLean County||28 Jan 1854||Muhlenberg, Daviess, and Ohio Counties||In honor of Alney McLean, a United States Representative from Kentucky (1815–1817; 1819–1821)||Calhoun|
|Meade County||17 Dec 1823||Hardin and Breckinridge Counties||In honor of Captain James Meade, killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812||Brandenburg|
|Menifee County||29 May 1869||Powell, Wolfe, Bath, Morgan, and Montgomery Counties||In honor of Richard H. Menefee, a United States Congressman from Kentucky (1837–1839)||Frenchburg|
|Mercer County||15 Dec 1785||Lincoln County||In honor of Brigadier General Hugh Mercer (1726–1777), an American Revolutionary War hero who was killed at the Battle of Princeton.||Harrodsburg|
|Metcalfe County||01 May 1860||Barren, Monroe, Adair, Cumberland, and Green Counties||In honor of Thomas Metcalfe, the tenth Governor of Kentucky (1828–1832)||Edmonton|
|Monroe County||19 Jan 1820||Barren and Cumberland Counties||In honor of James Monroe, a President of the United States (1817–1825)||Tompkinsville|
|Montgomery County||14 Dec 1796||Clark County||In honor of General Richard Montgomery (1736–1775), killed at the Battle of Quebec during the American Revolutionary War||Mount Sterling|
|Morgan County||07 Dec 1822||Floyd and Bath Counties||In honor of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan (1736–1802), one of the most gifted battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War; he later commanded troops during the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion (1791–1794)||West Liberty|
|Muhlenberg County||14 Dec 1798||Christian and Logan Counties||In honor of Major General Peter Muhlenberg (1746–1807), of the American Revolutionary War. A Lutheran minister, he served in the United States House of Representatives (1789-1791, 1799-1801) and United States Senate from Pennsylvania.||Greenville|
|Nelson County||29 Nov 1784||Jefferson County||In honor of Thomas Nelson, Jr. (1738–1789), a signer of the Declaration of Independence||Bardstown|
|Nicholas County||18 Dec 1799||Bourbon and Mason Counties||In honor of Colonel George Nicholas (1743–1799), of the American Revolutionary War||Carlisle|
|Ohio County||17 Dec 1798||Hardin County||Ohio River, which formed the county's northern border until the creation of Daviess and Hancock counties||Hartford|
|Oldham County||15 Dec 1823||Henry, Shelby, and Jefferson Counties||In honor of Colonel William Oldham (1753–1791), of the American Revolutionary War. While commanding the Kentucky militia, Oldham was killed in a battle against Native Americans known as “St. Clair's Defeat” on November 4, 1791||La Grange|
|Owen County||06 Feb 1819||Scott, Franklin, Gallatin, and Pendleton Counties||In honor of Abraham Owen (1769–1811), killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe during the War of 1812||Owenton|
|Owsley County||23 Jan 1843||Clay, Estill, and Breathitt Counties||In honor of William Owsley, a Kentucky Secretary of State and Governor of Kentucky (1844–1848)||Booneville|
|Pendleton County||13 Dec 1798||Bracken and Campbell Counties||In honor of Edmund Pendleton (1721–1803), a member of the Continental Congress||Falmouth|
|Perry County||02 Nov 1820||Clay and Floyd Counties||in honor of Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), of the War of 1812, and is most noted for his heroic role during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813||Hazard|
|Pike County||19 Dec 1821||Floyd County||In honor of Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), a western explorer and discoverer of Pike's Peak||Pikeville|
|Powell County||07 Jan 1852||Clark, Estill, and Montgomery Counties||In honor of Lazarus Whitehead Powell, the nineteenth Governor of Kentucky (1851–1855)||Stanton|
|Pulaski County||10 Dec 1798||Green and Lincoln Counties||In honor of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski (1746–1779), a Polish-born American Revolutionary War officer called "the father of the American cavalry"; killed at the Battle of Savannah||Somerset|
|Robertson County||01 Aug 1867||Bracken, Nicholas, Harrison, and Mason Counties||In honor of George Robertson, a chief justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1828–1843)||Mount Olivet|
|Rockcastle County||08 Jan 1810||Pulaski, Lincoln, Knox, and Madison Counties||Rockcastle River, the boundary between Rockcastle and Laurel Counties||Mount Vernon|
|Rowan County||01 May 1856||Fleming and Morgan Counties||In honor of John Rowan, a Congressman from Kentucky (1809–1811, 1825–1831)||Morehead|
|Russell County||14 Dec 1825||Cumberland, Adair, and Wayne Counties||In honor of Colonel William Russell (1758–1825), of the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812, a pioneer, and Virginia state House of Representatives (1790-1791) and in the Kentucky state legislator (1792, 1796-1800, 1802, and 1823)||Jamestown|
|Scott County||01 Jun 1792||Woodford County||In honor of Brigadier General Charles Scott, of the American Revolutionary War and fourth Governor of Kentucky (1808–1812)||Georgetown|
|Shelby County||23 Jun 1792||Jefferson County||In honor of Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky (1792–1796; 1812–1816)||Shelbyville|
|Simpson County||28 Jan 1819||Allen, Logan, and Warren Counties||In honor of Captain John Simpson, killed at the Battle of Frenchtown during the War of 1812||Franklin|
|Spencer County||07 Jan 1824||Shelby, Bullitt, and Nelson Counties||In honor of Captain Spears Spencer, killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe during the War of 1812||Taylorsville|
|Taylor County||01 Mar 1848||Green County||In honor of Zachary Taylor, a President of the United States (1849–1850)||Campbellsville|
|Todd County||30 Dec 1819||Christian and Logan Counties||In honor of Colonel John Todd (1750–1782), of the American Revolutionary War; killed at the Battle of Blue Licks||Elkton|
|Trigg County||27 Jan 1820||Christian and Caldwell Counties||In honor of Colonel Stephen Trigg (1744–1782), of the American Revolutionary War; killed at the Battle of Blue Lick||Cadiz|
|Trimble County||09 Feb 1837||Henry, Oldham, and Gallatin Counties||In honor of Robert Trimble, an Associate Supreme Court Justice (1826–1828)||Bedford|
|Union County||15 Jan 1811||Henderson County||The unanimous decision of the residents to unite together and create a new county||Morganfield|
|Warren County||19 Dec 1796||Logan County||In honor of Major General Joseph Warren (1741–1775), of the American Revolutionary War; an American physician||Bowling Green|
|Washington County||02 Jun 1792||Nelson County||In honor of General George Washington, of the American Revolutionary War; first President of the United States (1789–1797)||Springfield|
|Wayne County||18 Dec 1800||Pulaski and Cumberland Counties||In honor of Brigadier General Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne (1745–1796), of the American Revolutionary War||Monticello|
|Webster County||01 Jul 1860||Hopkins, Union, and Henderson Counties||In honor of Daniel Webster, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1827-1841, 1845-1850) and the United States Secretary of State (1841–1843; 1850–1852)||Dixon|
|Whitley County||17 Jan 1818||Knox County||In honor of William Whitley (1749–1813), Kentucky pioneer||Williamsburg|
|Wolfe County||05 Mar 1860||Owsley, Breathitt, Powell, and Morgan Counties||In honor of Nathaniel Wolfe (1808–1865), member of the Kentucky General Assembly||Campton|
|Woodford County||12 Nov 1788||Fayette County||in honor of Brigadier General William Woodford (1734–1780), of the American Revolutionary War||Versailles|
List of Old Former / Extinct Kansas Counties
Kansas has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.
The below Kansas counties no longer exist:
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- Arapahoe (1st) County: Established in August 30, 1855. Arapahoe County was attached to Marshall County for all business purposes. Arapahoe County was never organized. In early 1859 it was split into six counties (Arapahoe, Broderick, El Paso, Fremont, Montana, and Oro). When Colorado Territory was established Feb. 28, 1861, the new Colorado legislature created seventeen counties, which are considered the original counties of the state.
- Billings County: Established on March 20, 1873. Billings County, during its brief history of less than one year, operated as an organized county because Norton County was organized on 22 Aug 1872 by the proclamation of Governor James Madison Harvey. Billings did not, however, have a county seat during its period of existence. The town of Norton was elected the county seat in 1874, following the reinstatement of the name of Norton County on February 25, 1874.
- Breckenridge County: Established on August 25, 1855. The Territorial Legislature of 1855 organized Breckinridge County, attaching it to Madison County for civil, criminal, and military purposes. In 1861, Madison County was abolished, and its northern part was given to Breckinridge.
Breckinridge County was renamed Lyon County in February 05, 1862, due to Breckinridge’s political sympathies.
- Buffalo County: Established on March 20, 1873. In 1881, the northern tier of townships was removed from Buffalo County and added to Lane; the remainder was made part of newly-created Gray County, and later was taken to form part of Finney County. Buffalo County was never organized.
- Calhoun County: Early marriages of Calhoun County, Kansas Territory, are in Holton, Jackson County, Kansas. Established on August 25, 1855 and Organized on September 24, 1855. The location of the town of Calhoun was in the extreme southeast corner of the county. By the time the 1859 Legislature changed the county name to Jackson on February 11, 1859, the town of Calhoun had lost its postoffice, and it soon faded into oblivion.
- Davis County: Established on August 25, 1855. Davis was one of the original 33 counties created by the first territorial legislature. It lost territory to Dickinson County in 1857 and to Wabaunsee County in 1860; it gained territory from Dickinson in 1860 and from Riley in 1873. Name changed on March 07, 1889 to Geary County
- Dorn County: Established on August 25, 1855. Named in honor of either (1) Earl Van Dorn (1820-1863), an army officer during the Mexican War and Indian campaigns, or, more likely, (2) Andrew Jackson Dorn (1815-1889), also a Mexican War veteran and Indian agent for the Osages, Quapaws, and Senecas and Shawnees at the Neosho Agency from 1853 to 1861. Both men joined the Confederate Army in 1861, and the county was renamed Neosho. The county was never organized. Dorn was divided on June 03, 1861 into present counties of Neosho and Labette.
- Foote County: Established on 1881 from Unorganized Territory. (renamed Gray, 1887)
- Garfield County: Established on 1887 from Buffalo County. (annexed to Finney, 1893)
- Godfrey County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. The name changed to Seward (not present day county); then to Howard.
- Howard County: Established on 1867 from Godfrey (which had been Seward) County. (divided, 1875 into Elkland and Chautauqua)
- Hunter County: Established on 1867 as an Original County. (1870) (renamed Cowley)
- Kansas County: Established on 1873 from Unorganized Territory. (abolished 1883; became Morton)
- Lykins County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. (changed to Miami, 1861)
- Madison County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. Madison was divided 1861–64 into Breckenridge (later Lyon) and Greenwood.
- McGee County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. (name changed, 1866 to Cherokee)
- Otoe County: Established on February 17, 1860 as an Original County. Named for the Otoe [Oto] Indian tribe of Nebraska. On February 24, 1864, the boundaries of Butler County were enlarged to include Otoe County. Most of the territory once comprising Otoe is included in the present county of Butler, with the remainder in the eastern parts of Harvey and Sedgwick counties.
- Peketon Territory County: Established on 1854 as an Original County. The County Seat was Beach Valley. Peketon County was never organized due to no population, and its territory became a part of Marion County in February 26, 1867.
- Richardson County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. (changed to Wabaunsee 1859)
- St. John County: Established on 1881 (name changed to Logan 1887)
- Sequoyah County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. (absorbed in 1883 by Finney) Some records are in Ford County.
- Seward (old) County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. (as Godfrey; renamed, 1861; renamed Howard, 1867)
- Shirley County: Established on 1860 as an Original County. (name changed 1867, Cloud)
- Weller County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. (name changed 1859, Osage)
- Wise County: Established on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. (name changed 1859, Morris)
Map of Kansas County Boundary Changes from 1855 to 1893
This Interactive Map of Kansas Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Kansas in 1855-1893.
Fun Facts about Kansas Counties
County Name Facts
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