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Homesteading in Decatur County


The Lincoln Land Company surveyed and platted this town site in 1885. It was located 18 miles east of Oberlin, along the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad line. Norcatur got its name because of its location close to the Decatur/Norton county line. A post office, a bank, and a blacksmith shop were among the businesses that were built.

The town suffered a loss when the east side was destroyed by a fire in 1886.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


Decatur County Historical Book Committee. "Decatur County Kansas". Lubbock, TX: Specialty Publishing Company, 1983.


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