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Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.
County, located in eastern Kansas was founded in 1866, and is bordered by the
Republican and the Solomon Rivers. This county also shares borders with Ottawa,
Jewell, Clay, Mitchell, Republic, and Washington counties. The current county seat is Concordia, and the
county is home to the annual Watermelon Festival, which has been held every
year since 1899.
first people to come to Cloud County were the Fowler brothers in 1858. The
Fowler brothers planted a town site, which they called Eaton City, and built
the Conklin House. The Conklin House was the first house in the county.
organization of the county was official on September 6, 1866, with Elk City
being named the temporary county seat. Cloud County was originally called
Shirley County in honor of Governor William Shirley of Massachusetts. The name
was later changed to Cloud County to honor Colonel William F. Cloud of the
Second Regiment of the Kansas Volunteers.
Frank W., ed. Kansas: A Cyclopedia of
State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties,
Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, etc.. Chicago, IL: Standard Publishing
Company, 1912. 371-74. Print.
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