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Homesteading in Norton County


Settlers that were living on and near the present site located the town of Norton in 1872. They used the name of the county for the town because it would probably be a big help when it came time to select the county seat. Norton was not platted until December 7, 1878; W. B. Rogers owned land west of the present State Street and he filed a plat of a town site on that land. A little bit later when the claim contest was being settled on Mr. Rogers' land, the Norton Town Association platted and filed land that was east of State Street. This led to a disagreement over the location of the town for many years. Merchants on the Town Association side built their stores with the back door just across the street from Mr. Rogers' plat. Trash was thrown out these back doors onto the front steps of their neighboring merchants in Rogers' part of town.

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad built their tracks in 1885, while the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad laid their tracks in 1887. The town of Norton developed rapidly from that point. It is presently the largest town in Norton County.

The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.


Bowers, D. N. Seventy Years in Norton County, Kansas, 1872-1942. The Norton County Champion,
Norton, Kansas, 1942.
Nicholson, John H. A History of Norton County, Kansas. Masters Thesis,
Colorado State College of Education, 1941.


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