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Homesteading in Sheridan County

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

In 1873, Sheridan County was created by an act of the Kansas Legislature. It was named for General Phillip H. Sheridan. Its first settler, a buffalo hunter, settled here in 1872. The county was organized on June 2, 1880, and the town of Kenneth was named the temporary county seat.

The heritage of the settlers of Sheridan County is varied. The English settled in the east part of the county in the early 1880's, while the first German settlement was in the northwest part of Sheridan County. German and Russian homesteaders settled in the south part of the county in the 1880's, and German Lutherans settled in Parnell Township in the north central part of the county in 1889.


Toothaker, Mrs. Pearl. History of Sheridan County. 1961.

Hinger, Charlotte, ed. Sheridan County Kansas: A History of Faith and Labor. Hoxie, KS: Sheridan County Historical Society, 1985.


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