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Clark County courthouse in Ashland, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.
 Clark County Courthouse

Clark County


Location of Clark County, Kansas

County Seat: Ashland
Founded: 1885
    · 2,390 (2000)
    · 2,418 (1990)
    · 1,701 (1900)
Area: 975 Square Miles
Standard  Abbreviation: CA




1899 map of Clark County
Organized in 1885. County Seat, Ashland. Originally and correctly Clarke, with a final e, in memory of Charles F. Clarke, Captain and Adjutant-General, United States Volunteers, who died at Memphis, December 10, 1862.
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, 1899
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Minneola.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Clark County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Clark County

    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Ashland                    975  67851       1884    1979
    Cash City                    0              1885
    Englewood                  109  67840       1884    1970
    Lexington                    0              1885    2010
    Minneola                   717  67865       1887    2548
    Sitka                                       1909    1883
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Clark County

  • A view of Clark County State Lake north of Ashland Clark County State Lake is a special jewel in the rugged landscape north of Ashland. The drive around the south side of the lake (best taken in dry weather) is breathtaking.
  • Big Basin and Little Basin are geologic depressions or sinkholes in rural Clark County. Big Basin is nearly a mile wide and 100 feet deep.
  • St. Jacob's Well located inside Little Basin is a "bottomless" spring that never goes dry. This was an important oasis for pioneer travelers.  A search is now on for the lost plaque called the "Indian Living Water Marker" that overlooked St. Jacob's Well.
  • The Hardesty House is a turn-of-the-century hotel in Ashland that is now a good restaurant/private club.
  • Manning was a little town on the AT&SF between Ashland and Englewood.


  • Ashland Public Library   (620) 635-2589
    604 Main Street / Ashland, KS 67831
  • Minneola City Library (620) 885-4749   Established 1930
    112 Main Street / P. O. Box 95 / Minneola, KS 67865


  • Pioneer-Krier Museum   (620) 635-2227
    430 W. Fourth (Highway 160) / Ashland, KS 67831-0862
    Pioneer life, fossils, barbed wire, & aerobatic planes. Memorabilia of five famous people: Wes Santee, Harold Krier, Jesse Clair Harper, Jay Berryman and Rodney Hardesty

Clark County School Systems



  • Clark County Clipper   (620) 635-2312
    705 Main Box 457 / Ashland, KS 67831
  • Minneola Record   (620) 885-4710
    205 S. Main / Minneola, KS 67865

More Data About Clark County

Economic Development
  • Kansas County Profile Reports
    Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Health Data


Clark County Offices

For more about Clark County contact:

  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce   (620) 635-2680
    703 Main / Ashland, KS 67831


  • Fitzgerald, Daniel Faded Dreams : More Ghost Towns of Kansas ( University Press of Kansas. 1994)
  • WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1984 )
Last updated on November 29, 2009 by COUNTIES@KSLIB.INFO
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