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Homesteading in Graham County

Graham County map
Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.

The first settlement in this area was made by W. E. Ridgely on May 18, 1872, in the northeast section of what is now Graham County. The unorganized county was attached to Rooks County for municipal purposes from the summer of 1879 to April 1, 1880, when it was organized by proclamation from Governor John P. St. John.

The county was named in honor of Captain John L. Graham of the Eighth Regiment, Kansas Infantry, who was killed in action at Chickamauga, Tennessee on September 19, 1863.

Graham County has two towns that were founded by or settled by two different ethnic groups. St. Peter was founded by Volga-Germans and Nicodemus was promoted for African-Americans to come and settle in a new land. See below for a map that was featured in the thesis "The Nicodemus Colony of Graham County" written by William J. Belleau.

Graham County - County map


Cutler, William G. "History of the State of Kansas." Chicago, IL: A. T. Andreas, 1883.



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