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Homesteading in Kiowa County

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

Kiowa County was formed in 1867 by the Kansas Legislature from land that had been ceded to the U.S. government by the Osage Indians. It was a county in name only at that point in time because there were less than 600 people living in the county.

Due to the Comanche Pool, a huge cattle corporation which had a big interest in the land, the Legislature made the northern half part of Edwards County and the southern half part of Comanche County in 1874. However, the number of settlers coming into the county brought about the downfall of the Comanche Pool, and in 1886, the Legislature organized Kiowa County.

Quakers founded the town of Haviland in 1886.


"A History of Kiowa County 1880-1980: A Chronicle of Kiowa County written by Kith, Kin and Kind Friends." Lubbock, TX: Taylor Publishing Co., 1979.


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