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Homesteading in Harvey County


A large group of Welsh settlers homesteaded some land east of the present town of Burrton in September 1871. The town site was laid out by the Arkansas Valley Town Company in the spring of 1873. The plat was filed on September 6, 1873.

Mennonites settled in this area of Harvey County which is located close to the Reno County border. Burrton was named for I. T. Burr, who was vice-president of the Santa Fe Railroad. Its previous name had been Valley.


Smurr, Linda C. ed. Harvey County History. Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1990.


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

Spring Hours:
Sun:             1:00 pm - 2:00 am
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   Hays, KS 67601-4099