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Area Counties

Published 5/2/2012

Area counties

Finney County

County population: 36,776

County seat: Garden City (pop. 26,658)

Other cities: Holcomb (pop. 2,094)

How to get there: Garden City is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50/400 and U.S. Highway 83.

Grant County

County population: 7,829

County seat: Ulysses (pop. 6,161)

Founded: 1888

How to get there: U.S. Highway 160 (east-west) and Kansas Highway 25 (north-south) intersect at Ulysses. To travel to Ulysses from Garden City, take U.S. Highway 83 south about 30 miles until you reach U.S. Highway 160. Take a right, and head about 23 miles west on U.S. Highway 160.

Famous landmarks/attractions: Santa Fe Trail; Wagonbed Springs; Grant County Museum, 300 E. Highway 160, Ulysses.

Gray County

County population: 6,005

County seat: Cimarron (pop. 2,184)

Other cities: Copeland (pop. 306), Ensign (pop. 190), Montezuma (pop. 934) and Ingalls (pop. 298)

Founded: 1887

How to get there: Head east from Garden City on U.S. Highway 400/U.S. 50 about 33 miles to Cimarron.

Famous landmarks/attractions: U.S. 50 follows the original Santa Fe Trail through Cimarron. Cimarron Crossing Park has two markers describing the trail through this area; the Gray County wind farm, near Montezuma, was Kansas' first large-scale wind farm. Ensign is notable for its giant elevators, but there is a park and playground at the Ford-Ensign Road and Aubrey Street; Ingalls has the Santa Fe Trail Museum, 204 S. Main St., Ingalls; and the Stauth Memorial Museum, 111 N. Aztec St., is in Montezuma.

Greeley County

County population: 1,247

County seat: Tribune (pop. 741)

Other cities: Horace (pop. 70)

Founded: 1888

How to get there from Garden City: Go west on U.S. Highway 50/400 for 50 miles to Syracuse; turn right on Kansas Highway 27

Famous landmark/attraction: Horace Greeley Museum; Barrel Springs Hunt Club

Hamilton County

County population: 2,690

County seat: Syracuse (pop. 1,812)

Other cities: Coolidge (pop. 95)

Founded: 1886

How to get there: From Garden City, head west on U.S. Highway 50 for about 51 miles.

Famous landmarks/attractions: Northrup Theatre (est. 1930), 116 N. Main St., Syracuse, open Friday through Sunday, (620) 384-7688; Syracuse Sand Park, located one mile south of Syracuse on Highway 27 by the Arkansas River, (620) 384-2480; Trail City Art Gallery, U.S. Highway 50 in Coolidge, (620) 372-8141.

Haskell County

County population: 4,256

County seat: Sublette (pop. 1,453)

Other cities: Satanta (pop. 1,133)

Founded: 1887

How to get there: From Garden City, head south on U.S. Highway 83 for about 35 miles until you reach U.S. Highway 56. At U.S. Highway 56, turn left (headed east) one mile to reach Sublette, or right (headed west) about seven miles to reach Satanta.

Famous landmarks/attractions: The Santa Fe Trail, from St. Louis, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M., crosses Haskell County from the northeast corner to the southwest side.

Kearny County

County population: 3,977

County seat: Lakin (pop. 2,216)

Other cities: Deerfield (pop. 700)

Founded: 1888

How to get there from Garden City: Go west on U.S. Highway 50

Famous landmark/attraction: Kearny County Historical Museum, Lakin; Santa Fe Trail historical landmarks (Chouteau's Island, Indian Mound, Bluff Station); Lake Beymer water recreation park

Lane County

County population: 1,750

Cities in the county: Dighton (pop. 1,038)

Other cities: Healy (pop. 234)

Founded: 1886

How to get there: From Garden City go north on U.S. 83, then east on Kansas Highway 96

Famous landmark/attraction: Lane County Museum, 333 N. Main St.; The Old Bank Gallery, 146 S. Longhorn Road

Scott County

Population: 4,936

County seat: Scott City (pop. 3,816)

Founded: 1886

How to get there: From Garden City, take U.S. Highway 83 north about 34 miles to Scott City.

Famous landmarks/attractions: Lake Scott State Park; Camp Christy, Baptist church camp; Battle of Punished Woman's Fork; Lake Scott State Park, Old Steele Home, a pioneer home established in the 1890s; El Quartelejo Pueblo Ruins; Camp Lakeside, Methodist retreat area; Keystone Gallery, contains fossils; El Quartelejo Museum.

Stanton County

County population: 2,235

County seat: Johnson City (pop. 1,495)

Founded: 1887

How to get there: Go west on U.S. Highway 50 until Lakin, then turn south on Kansas Highway 25. Next, turn west on U.S. Highway 160.

Famous landmark/attraction: Stanton County Museum, 104 E. Highland Ave., Johnson City, (620) 492-1526.

Stevens County

County Population: 5,724

County seat: Hugoton (pop. 3,904)

Other towns: Moscow (pop. 310)

Founded: 1886

How to get there from Garden City: Go south on U.S. Highway 83 for 36 miles to Sublette; turn right and go west on U.S. Highway 56

Famous landmark/attraction: Stevens County Historical Museum

Wichita County

County population: 2,234

County seat: Leoti (pop. 1,534)

Other cities: Marienthal (pop. 71)

Founded: 1886

How to get there: From Garden City, go north on U.S. Highway 83, then west on Kansas Highway 96

Famous landmark/attraction: Museum of the Great Plains, 401 N. Fourth St., Leoti; Central Plains Wind Farm, between Marienthal and Leoti

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