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List of Kansas Counties 

Brewster | Colby | Gem | Halford | Levant | Menlo | Mingo | Otterbourne | Rexford

Homesteading in Thomas County

Gem

Named for J. W. Ellsworth's Gem Ranch which was a stop on the right-of-way of the Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska Railroad. The town was organized in the summer of 1887 and was close by the Reed homestead. The Reed family were the first settlers of the county.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.

Sources  

Wingo, Wayne C. A History of Thomas County. Masters Thesis, Fort Hays Kansas State College, 1964.

Bruner, R. I., Editor. Land of the Windmills Thomas County, Kansas. Thomas County Historical Society, 1976

 

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   Hays, KS 67601
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   Hays, KS 67601-4099

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