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Homesteading in Barber County


Mr. Jacob Achenbach purchased 6300 acres of land from Dr. John Hardtner in 1884, and it was land that he had been farming. Mr. Achenbach wanted to develop a new community in the area, so he advertised for others to come settle there. Once there were a number of settlers who had arrived, a town site company was formed in 1886. The company purchased 640 acres of land from Dr. Hardtner and laid the town site on that acreage.

The town was named for the doctor. A post office was established that same year, and Jacob Achenbach became the first postmaster. A railroad line was built from Kiowa in 1908.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


Barber County History Committee. "The Chosen Land: A History of Barber County, Kansas."
Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1980.


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

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Phone: 785.628.4434
Fax: 785.628.4096
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   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099