Stevens County, Kansas
Stevens county boundaries were formed from Indian Lands in 1873, however the 1880 federal census showed there were only a few people actually living within it's borders, so the county was merged with Seward county in 1881. Then came the land boom. By 1886 there were some 2,600 inhabitants and they petitioned the state to re-establish Stevens county. After a bitter struggle between two towns, Hugoton won out over Woodsdale and was made the permanent county seat in February of 1887 by the State Legislature. After the great settlement boom and subsequent bust, the population declined, and by the 1900 census there were only 620 people left in the county. With the coming of the railroad in 1913 and the discovery of the Hugoton natural gas field about 1918 and its later development, the county again began to grow, reaching 4,665 by 1950. The population has remained stable and today is a little over 5,000.
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View Old Queries 1996-1999
Stevens County Message board View & Post Queries, bios, obits, etc.
Stevens County Digital Library
Stevens County 1895 Kansas State Census
Short History of Stevens County - 1912
Stevens County WWII Casulties
Historic Stevens County Post Offices
Index to Several 1887 and 1888 Woodsdale Democrate Newspapers. Copies of articles available.
Biography of Sam Wood, founder of Woodsdale - (use "back" to return)
Stevens County Seat War and Hay Meadow Massacre - Story by Ken Butler [updated 7/31/05]
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