Cloud County Courthouse
County Seat: Concordia
· 10,268 (2000)
· 11,023 (1990)
· 18,071 (1900)
Area: 718 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: CD
|Organized as Shirley in 1860.
County seat Concordia.
The county was originally named for Governor William
Shirley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts from 1741
to 1756. The name was changed to Cloud in 1867 in
honor of Colonel William F. Cloud, of the Second
Regiment, Kansas Volunteers.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Cloud County.
There is a section on Cloud County in the book
Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History
by Frank Blackmar (1912).
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
historical data for Cloud County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Cloud County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Ames 66931 1306
Aurora 79 67417 1476
Clyde 740 66938 1867 1300
Concordia 5,714 66901 1369
Glasco 536 67445 1870 1320
Jamestown 399 66948 1411
Miltonvale 523 67466 1879 1373
Rice 66901 1336
Saint Joseph 1373
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Cloud County
Cloud County is one of six counties in the Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance.
The alliance is recording the history of the valley, showing visitors how to find interesting places between Hoxie in the west and Glasco in the east.
- The old jail in Clyde is part of the community's museum.
- Simpson, just south of Highway 24 on the boundary with Mitchell County,
has several fine old post rock homes and businesses.
- The historic Brown Grand Theatre, built in 1907, is in Concordia.
You can tour the building; call (785) 243-2553 for more details.
- The Catholic church in Glasco has a beautiful stained glass window,
a memorial to Agnes Butler. Cloud County has a stained glass tour mapped out.
- The National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia is dedicated to the preservation of the
stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train Movement
from 1854-1929. The museum and reasearch center opened to the public September 15, 2007.
Special Events in Cloud County
- Clyde's annual Watermelon festival was first held in 1899. It's still held each September.
- Condordia will celebrate the 100th aniversary of the Brown Grand Theatre and the
grand opening of the National Orphan Train Complex Septempber 13-17, 2007. Please visit the
websites for more information.
- Clyde Public Library
101 S Green / P. O. Box 85, Clyde, KS 66938
- Frank Carlson Library (785) 243-2250
702 Broadway / Concordia, KS 66901
- Glasco City Library (785) 568-2313
City Hall / P. O. Box 595, Glasco, KS 67445
- Jamestown City Library
415 Walnut / P. O. Box 287, Jamestown, KS 66948
- Clyde Community Museum (785) 446-2812
Green & Campbell, Clyde, KS 66938
- Cloud County Historical Society Museum (785) 243-2866
7th & Broadway, Concordia, KS 66901
Tue-Sat 1-5 PM * P.O.W. Camp Exhibits
Cloud County School Systems
- Clyde Republican (785) 446-2201
305 Washington / Clyde, KS 66938
- Concordia Blade-Empire (785) 243-2424
510 Washington / Concordia, KS 66901
- Glasco Sun (785) 568-2565
213 E Main / Glasco, KS 67445
- Miltonvale Record (785) 427-2680
12 W Spruce St / Miltonvale, KS 67466
More Data About Cloud County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Cloud County Offices
Cloud County Convention & Visitors Bureau
P. O. Box 84, Concordia, KS 66901
Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce
606 Washington, Concordia, KS 66901
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.