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Homesteading in Mitchell County


Hunter had been settled in the 1870's by settlers who built sod houses to live in. The town was named for Al Hunter, one of the original settlers, in 1880. A general store and a hardware store were among the businesses that were built.

In 1916, the Salina-Osborne Railroad was building a line through the county, and Old Hunter was about 4 miles from it. The townspeople moved the town site 4 miles west to be close to the rail line. (New) Hunter was organized as a third class city on January 9, 1919.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


"History of Hunter, Kansas and it's Surrounding Communities." Cawker City, KS: Cawker City Ledger, 1970.

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

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099