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Homesteading in Ford County

Amish Village

Two different group of the Amish settled in Ford County during the early 1900's. One group settled in the southeast part near Bucklin and Ford. The other group settled to the south and southwest of Dodge City.

On February 23, 1906, the first Amish families in Ford County arrived to make their home in the area. The community thrived and grew until 1914 or 1915 when their wheat crops failed. Several families moved somewhere else, and when a flu epidemic broke out in 1919 and 1920, more families left to go back east. By 1928, the last remaining families had moved and the Amish community by Dodge City was no longer in existence.


Ford County Historical Society. Dodge City and Ford County, Kansas 1870-1920: Pioneer Histories and Stories.
Dodge City, KS, 1996.


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   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
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   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099