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Clay County Courthouse in Clay Center, Kansas.  Picture by Susan Howell.  


Clay County

County Seat: Clay Center
Founded: 1866
    ·  8,822 (2000)
    ·  9,158 (1990)
    ·  15,833 (1900)
Area: 632 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: CY 


Map of Clay County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1866. County Seat, Clay Center. Named in honor of the distinguished Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay, who was chosen United States Senator in 1806. He afterward served in both houses, and was in public life most of the time during a period of forty-six years. He was minister to England and France, and candidate for President in opposition to Polk. He died in Washington in 1852.
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 Clay County.
There is a section on Clay 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 Clay County towns: Oak Hill, Idana, Longford, Broughton, Green, and Clay Center.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Clay County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Clay County

  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
        1182             Broughton
        1300             Browndale
        1201       4,564 Clay Center      67432
        1333             Garfield Center
        1383         147 Green            67447
        1265             Idana
        1185             Industry
        1312             Ladysmith
        1350          94 Longford         67458
        1233         198 Morganville      67468
        1280          35 Oak Hill
        1320             Oscar (historical)
        1280          58 Vining
  1869  1148         838 Wakefield        67487
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Clay County Libraries

Clay County Museums

Clay County School Systems


Clay County Newspapers

More Data About Clay County

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


Clay County Offices

Clay Center Area Chamber of Commerce   785-632-5674
308 Court St / Clay Center, KS 67432

Last updated on August 16, 2011 by COUNTIES@KSLIB.INFO
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