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Homesteading in Haskell County

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

Arapahoe County was created on March 7, 1873 in a portion of unorganized territory in southwest Kansas. An act of the Kansas Legislature dissolved this county on March 18, 1883, and connected it to neighboring Finney County. On July 12, 1887, the legislature organized the county of Haskell using the Arapahoe County boundaries. (Note: this Arapahoe County is different from the Arapahoe County that was located in the western part of the Kansas Territory, now eastern Colorado.)

Named for Dudley Chase Haskell, a U.S. Congressman from Lawrence, Kansas, Haskell County's first settlers began arriving in 1885. A small number of them were immigrants from England, Germany, and Ireland. The rest came from the eastern part of the midwestern United States, such as Illinois, Ohio, Iowa and Missouri.


McLain, F. M. D. "A History of Haskell County, Kansas". Masters Thesis, Fort Hays Kansas State College, 1957.

Blackmar, Frank W., ed. "Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc." Chicago: Standard Publishing Company, 1912.


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