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Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.
County shares its border with two neighboring states, Colorado and Oklahoma. The
current county seat is Eckhart, KS, after a long dispute with the former
trading post town of Richfield. More notably, Morton is the home of the Eight
Mile Corner, the place where Kansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma meet. It is also
home to two Olympic Medalists, Glenn Cunningham and Thane Baker, as well as a
champion barrel racer, Elease Tucker.
County was organized in 1886 and is named for Indiana Governor and United
States senator Oliver P. Morton. This county once was home to the Kiowa and the
Apache until the federal government wiped out the buffalo. The legendary Santa
Fe Trail passed through Morton County, and the true story/legend of the William
Becknell expedition takes place in Morton County. Becknell and his party had
run out of water along the way. They
were forced to kill a buffalo that had just drunk water to get at the water it
had just consumed. They then followed the buffalo’s tracks to water, saving the
1944, Morton County was the location of a German POW camp. The people there
took advantage of the extra workers, and were able to add improvements to the
town and had a particularly successful harvest.
Historical Society. "Morton County, Kansas." Kansapedia.
Kansas Historical Society, July 2011. Web. 19 Apr. 2012.
County Facts." Morton County, Kansas. N.p., 2008. Web. 19 Apr. 2012.
Paragraphs written by intern Holly Younger in 2012
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