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Crawford County Courthouse in Girard, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell

 

 

Crawford County 

Location



County Seat: Girard 
Founded:  1867 
Population:
  38,242 (2000)
  35,568 (1990)
  38,809 (1900)
Area: 595 Square Miles 
Standard Abbreviation: CR 

 

History

Map of Crawford County, KS in 1899
 
Governor Samuel J. Crawford
Organized in 1867.  County seat Girard.  This county was, by act of the legislature of 1867, created out of the northern half of Cherokee, which prior to that date reached to Bourbon.  It was named in honor of Samuel J. Crawford who was elected Governor in 1864, and served nearly four years.  The Legislature named the county in obedience to a resolution passed in convention, held to petition for its organization.  Governor Crawford resigned in October, 1868, to become Colonel of the Nineteenth Kansas Cavalry, specially raised to for the Indian War of 1868-69.  He served as Captain in the Second Kansas Infantry, and was Colonel of the Second Kansas Regiment Colored Volunteer Infantry during the war for the Union.
 
Map, photo, 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 Crawford County.
 
There's more county history in the Crawford County section of the online book Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Pittsburg, Mulberry, Girard, Frontenac, & Cherokee.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Crawford County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Crawford County

                       Population
    Town              2000    1990  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    ==============  ==============  =========   ====  =========
    Arcadia            391     338  66711                830
    Arma             1,529   1,542  66712       1909    1003
    Atlas                                                904
    Barber                                               890
    Beulah                                               977
    Brazilton                                           1013
    Capaldo                                              963
    Cato                                                 871
    Cherokee           722     651  66724                949
    Chicopee                                             921
    Coalvale                                             860
    Cornell                                              951
    Croweburg                                            908
    Curranville                                          920
    Dry Wood                                             835
    Dunkirk                                              951
    Edison                                               960
    Englevale                                            960
    Farlington                      66734                990
    Filler                                               980
    Fleming                                              925
    Fox Town                                             965
    Franklin                        66735                980
    Frontenac        2,996   2,588  66763       1887     950
    Fuller                                               917
    Girard           2,773   2,794  66743       1868     986
    Greenbush                  150                       984
    Gross                                                820
    Hepler                     150  66746               1000
    Kirkwood                                             900
    Klendike                                             935
    Kramer                                               925
    Litchfield                                           930
    Lone Oak                                             950
    McCune                          66753                912
    Mertz                                                860
    Midway                                               934
    Monmouth                                             878
    Mulberry           577     555  66756                950
    Opolis                          66760                920
    Pittsburg       19,243  17,775  66762       1876     944
    Polk                                                1001
    Radley                          66762                980
    Red Onion                                            850
    Ringo                                                990
    South Radley                                         955
    Walnut             221     214  66780                930
    Yale                                                 950

Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Crawford County

Ruins of 1902 St. Aloysius Church
  • The 1881 St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Greenbush is nicely restored.  Next to it are the ruins of the larger 1902 stone church which burned in 1982.

Special Events in Crawford County

  • The Crawford County Fair is held in August in Girard.
  • Little Balkan Days in September celebrates the incredible diversity of the settlers of this area.
  • Girard celebrates its Fall Festival the first weekend of October.
  • The Hepler Ruritan Rodeo is held July 3rd & 4th.
  • Greenbush Day is held annually the third Sunday in September at the St. Aloysius Historical Site, Greenbush, KS.  The celebration is a tribute to the Greenbush history and heritage.

Libraries

  • Arma City Library   (620) 347-4811
    508 E. Washington Street / Arma, KS 66712
  • Girard Public Library   (620) 724-4317
    128 W. Prairie / Girard, KS 66743
  • Hepler City Library   (620) 368-4379
    P. O. Box 148 / Hepler, KS 66746
  • McCune City Library
    509 Sixth Street / McCune, KS 66753
  • Pittsburg Public Library   (620) 231-8110
    308 N. Walnut / Pittsburg, KS 66762
  • Leonard H. Axe Library
    Pittsburg State University / 1605 South Joplin / Pittsburg, KS 66762-5889
  • Walnut City Library   (620) 354-6794
    Walnut, KS 66780

Museums

  • Museum of Crawford County   (620) 724-8592
    Highway 7 / Girard, KS 66743
  • Crawford County Historical Museum   (620) 231-1440
    Hwy 69 Bypass / Pittsburg, KS 66762

Crawford County School Systems

Colleges & Universities

Hospitals

Newspapers

More Data About Crawford County

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

Genealogy

Crawford County Offices

For more about Crawford County contact:

References

  • 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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