forsyth library

Search the Online Catalog

 List of Kansas Counties

Dorrance | Dubuque | Russell

Homesteading in Russell County


The Kansas Pacific Railroad, later the Union Pacific Railroad, had laid tracks to Russell County in June of 1867. The town of Dorrance was laid out in 1880, and it was named after the railroad superintendent.

The post office was established on July 9, 1883, with the name spelled as Dorrence; it was changed later in the year to Dorrance.

There is a strong religious heritage in the town and its area - the Methodist Church was established in February 1879, and the Catholic Church was established in December 1902. The Catholics had been attending services at the Wilson Lutheran Church before they got their own church.

The ethnicity of its settlers is not known.

Russell County - balloon fair
Balloon Fair - 1908 - Dorrance, KS

Russell County - Thielan Grain 
Thielan Grain Company - 1908 - Dorrance, KS

Russell County - wheat wagon
Wheat Wagon - 1908 - Dorrance, KS



Forsyth Library Photo Archives

Reilly, Esther. "The Story of Dorrance, Kansas: Past...and Present." 1976.


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