Finney County Courthouse
County Seat: Garden City
· 40,523 (2000)
· 33,070 (1990)
· 3,469 (1900)
Area: 1302 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: FI
|Originally Sequoyah, from the celebrated Cherokee Indian of that name, the inventor of the alphabet of his language, and a most remarkable man. Changed in 1883 to Finney, in honor of D. W. Finney, then Lieutenant-Governor of the State.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Garden City was the longtime home of
J. "Buffalo" Jones
who is sometimes credited with saving the
buffalo from extinction.
Garfield county was annexed into Finney county in 1893 causing
Finney county's strange shape.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Finney County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Finney County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
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Friend 67871 2915
Garden City 28,451 67846 1878 2839
Holcomb 2,026 67851 2885
Kalvesta 67856 1874 2668
Pierceville 67868 1872 2760
Ravanna 1882 2559
Terry 0 1885
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Finney County
- US-50 follows the original Santa Fe Trail through Pierceville which has a shady little park at which to stop and stretch.
- The home of Senator Willam H. Thompson (1871-1928) in Garden City has been nominated for the NRHP. He served in the US Senate 1913-1919.
- Sabine Hall in Garden City was built in 1910.
In 1920 it was named for Dr. Andrew Sabine, credited with the
first use of anesthesia on the battlefield during the Civil War.
Special Events in Finney County
- Finney County Historical Museum (620) 272-3664
Finnup Park / 403 S. Fourth St. / P.O. Box 796 / Garden City, KS 67846
Finney County School Systems
More Data About Finney County
Finney County Offices
For more about Finney County contact:
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.