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Decatur County Courthouse in Oberlin, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.
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Decatur County

Location of Decatur County, Kansas



County Seat: Oberlin
Founded: 1880
Population:
  · 3,472  (2000)
  · 4,021  (1990)
  · 9,234  (1900)
Area: 894 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: DC     

 

History

Map of Decatur County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1879. County Seat, Oberlin. Named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, a distinguished American naval officer. He fell in a duel with Commodore Barron, United States Navy, in 1808.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)

 
Oberlin was the site of the last Indian raid in Kansas on September 29, 1878 when it was attacked by Cheyennes under the leadership of Dull Knife.
 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Decatur County.
 
There is a section on Decatur 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 Cedar Bluffs, Decatur, Dresden, Lyle, Norcatur, and Oberlin.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Decatur County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Decatur County

    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Allison                                             2494
    Cedar Bluffs                                        2549
    Dresden                     51  67635       1888    2729
    Jennings                   169  67643       1888    2500
    Kanona                                      1885    2730
    Leoville                                            2752
    Lyle                                                2407
    Norcatur                   169  67653               2700
    Oberlin                  1,994  67749       1878    2562
    Traer                                               2599
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Events in Decatur County

  • Each October, Oberlin celebrates its "Mini-Sappa" Festival.

Libraries

Museums

Decatur County School Systems

  • USD 294 Oberlin   (785) 475-3805   Oberlin
  • USD 295 Prairie Heights   (785) 678-2414   Jennings

Hospitals

  • Decatur County Hospital (785) 475-2208
    810 W. Columbia / Oberlin, KS 67749

Newspapers

More Data About Decatur County

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

Genealogy

More Links to Decatur County

Decatur County Offices

  • County Appraiser   (785) 475-8109
    120 E. Hall, Oberlin, KS 67749
  • County Attorney   (785) 475-8104
    124 S. Penn, Oberlin, KS 67749
  • County Clerk   (785) 475-8102
    120 E. Hall, Oberlin, KS 67749
  • County Sheriff   (785) 475-8100
    120 E. Hall, Oberlin, KS 67749
  • County Treasurer   (785) 475-8103
    120 E. Hall, Oberlin, KS 67749
  • Extension Service   (785) 475-8121
    120 E. Hall, Oberlin, KS 67749
  • Magistrate Judge   (785) 475-8108
    120 E. Hall, Oberlin, KS 67749
 
__________________________
 
Oberlin-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce
(785) 475-3441
104 S. Penn / Oberlin, KS 67749
 
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