County Seat: Great Bend
· 28,205 (2000)
· 29,382 (1990)
· 13,784 (1900)
Area: 895 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: BT
Barton County Courthouse
Clara Harlowe Barton (1821-1912) was the founder of the American
Red Cross during the Civil War. She is the only woman to have a
Kansas county named for her.
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Barton County.
Organized in 1872.
County seat, Great Bend.
In honor of Miss Clara Barton, of Massachusetts, who won great distinction during the war for the Union by her remarkably effective philanthropic career in the sanitary department of the army.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Barton County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Barton County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Albert 181 67511 1915
Beaver 67525 1920
Claflin 705 67525 1810
Ellinwood 2,164 67526 1872 1800
Galatia 61 1995
Great Bend 15,345 67530 1871 1849
Hoisington 2,975 67544 1845
Odin 67525 1839
Olmitz 138 67564 2010
Pawnee Rock 356 67567 1949
South Hoisington 1819
Susank 57 67544 1970
U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts about Barton County
Special Places in Barton County
- Pawnee Rock was (is) a famous landmark along the Santa Fe Trail; from its top you can see both Larned & Great Bend
- Fort Zarah outside of Great Bend is
now just a tiny roadside park with historical markers.
- Ellinwood's underground city contained
perhaps eleven underground businesses.
- Pioneer black film maker Oscar Micheaux
is buried in Great Bend. The community is planning a film festival in his honor.
- Cheyenne Bottoms is a 41,000 acre lowland/wetland that is excellent for wildlife watching.
Special Events in Barton County
- Great Bend Fourth of July Fireworks
- Ellinwood's After Harvest Festival is held the third week in July.
- Hoisington hosts an annual Labor Day Celebration.
Barton County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
- Ellinwood Leader (620) 564-3116
105 N. Main / Ellinwood, KS 67526
- Great Bend Tribune
2012 Forest Avenue / P. O. Box 228 / Great Bend, KS 67530
- Hoisington Dispatch (620) 653-4154
104 N. Main / Hoisington, KS 67544
More Data About Barton County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Barton County Offices
For more about Barton County visit:
This page created with help from Don Shorock
Last updated on
February 8, 2012
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.