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Homesteading in Comanche County


Coldwater was established in 1884. A group of men from Harper County set out to establish a county seat centrally located in Comanche County. When they found the perfect destination they came in contact with a man named Mr. C. D. Bickford who was already figuring on setting up his own township in this location. They agreed to let him name the town if he would give up his own township project. Being from Coldwater, Michigan, he decided upon the name of Coldwater.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.

Comanche County - Coldwater Main Street
Main Street in Coldwater in the 1920's  

Comanche County - Coldwater Bakery      Comanche County - Helton store
Coldwater Bakery in 1925                                        Helton Store

                                         Comanche County - Coldwater Sinclair
                                         Sinclair Gas Station


Life As It Should Be: Comanche County, Kansas. Coldwater: Comanche County Economic Development Foundation, 1999.

Comanche County Historical Society, ed. Comanche County History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1981.


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
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Mailing Address:
   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099