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Homesteading in Lane County

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

Created by the Kansas Legislature in 1873, Lane County's boundaries changed three times - in 1879, 1881 and 1883. Governor Martin organized Lane County on June 3, 1886 and Dighton was named the temporary county seat. Lane County was named after Senator James H. Lane who was a free-stater.

In 1880, forty-two pioneers living in the county were born in other countries - 12 in England, 7 in Ireland, 7 in Prussia, 5 in Canada and 2 in Sweden. 6 were born in either Germany or the German states. One stated he was born in Pomerania which could be either Germany, Poland or the Russian Empire. There was also a Norwegian born settler and a Scottish settler. By far, though, the majority of the settlers came from other states in the United States of America.


"A Historical Record of Lane County, Founded June 3, 1886." Dighton, KS: Lane County Historical Society, 1961.

Stanley, Ellen May. "Early Lane County History: 12,000 B.C.-A.D. 1884". Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1993.


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