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Homesteading in Barton County


Albert was founded in 1886 after the Walnut Valley & Colorado Railroad laid tracks from Great Bend to Scott City. (NOTE: The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad took over this line a short time later.)

The town site was platted on June 19, 1886, but on July 1, 1889, a petition was filed to vacate the unused portions of the original plat. The town was reduced to the size it is presently. A post office was established at Albert on August 22, 1887.

Named after Albert Kraisinger, a native of Bohemia in the Austria/Hungarian Empire, the Albert town site became home to settlers from Austria, Prussia and Wurttenberg. Most of them were farmers, but other were laborers of other types such as millers, carpenters and shoe makers.


Sunshine in the Valley: Albert, Kansas, 1886-1986. Albert, KS: Albert Centennial Committee, 1986.


Hours and Contacts

Monday,April 21 Forsyth will close at 10 pm because of no electricity

Spring Hours:
Sun:             1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday:         7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:            10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For current month(s) and detailed information, please select desired month under announcements (below).

Phone: 785.628.4434
Fax: 785.628.4096
Contacts Directory
Mailing Address:
   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099