forsyth library

Search the Online Catalog

List of Kansas Counties

Achilles | Atwood | Blakeman | Herndon | Ludell | McDonald

Homesteading in Rawlins County

Rawlins County map

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

Rawlins County was named for John A. Rawlins, an adjutant for Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War and who later became the Secretary of War in the Grant administration. The first homesteader was August C. Blume in 1875, and during the years of 1880 & 1881, the area was settled by a good number of people. In May 1881, Rawlins Township was organized as Rawlins County and Governor John P. St. John named Atwood the temporary county seat.

Immigrants to Rawlins County came from Ireland, England, the Scandinavian countries and the Middle European countries. However, each group of immigrants did not associate with the others. The area surrounding the Enne Post Office was settled by the Swedes; the English settled in Grant Township (south central part of county) in a little community they called Ilion; Herndon was settled by the Hungarians/Austrians; and Ludell was settled by the Germans. The Irish and Danish settled in south central Rawlins County, and the Czechs settled north and west of Atwood.


Hayden, Ruth Kelley. "The Time That Was: The Courageous Acts and Accounts of Rawlins County, Kansas, 1875-1915". H.F.Davis Memorial Library, Colby Community College, Colby, KS, 1973.

"History of Rawlins County, Kansas". Rawlins County Genealogical Society, 1988.

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
Contacts Directory
Mailing Address:
   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099