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Burrton | Halstead | Hesston | Newton | North Newton | Sedgwick | Walton


Homesteading in Harvey County


Amos and A. L. Hess gave the land on which Hesston was founded. It began in 1886 around the same time the Missouri Pacific Railroad was building its line to McPherson. Hesston was incorporated about 40 years later in 1921.

The Mennonites settled in the Hesston area and founded Hesston College, then known as Hesston Academy, in 1909.


Smurr, Linda C. ed. Harvey County History. Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1990.


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
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Mailing Address:
   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099