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Geary County Courthouse in Junction City, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.

Geary County

County Seat: Junction City 
Founded: 1855 
    · 27,947 (2000)
    · 30,453 (1990)
    · 10,744 (1900)
Area: 377 Square Miles 
Standard Abbreviation: GE 


Map of Geary County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1855 as Davis County, which name was given for Jefferson Davis--United States Senator and Secretary of war--who became President of the Southern Confederacy.  The Legislature changed the name to Geary in 1869, in honor of John W. Geary, who was Territorial Governor of Kansas from 1856 until March, 1857.  County seat, Junction City. 
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 Davis County, which was later renamed to Geary County.  For more about Geary County's history, see Geary County's Genealogy site.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Fort Riley, Junction City, Milford, and Pawnee.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Geary County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Geary County

     Town             Population     ZIP     Year Elevation
     ===============  ========== =========== ==== =========
     Alida                                           1105
     Grandview Plaza       1,184                     1100
     Junction City        18,886 66441-66442 1858    1107
     Kansas Falls                                    1098
     Milford                 502 66514       1855    1194
     Smoky Hill                                      1120
     Wreford                                         1120
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Geary County

  • Fort Riley, an active Army base, is full of museums and things to see, including Kansas' First Territorial Capital.
  • The Milford Nature Center/Fish Hatchery, near the Milford Lake outlet is open for tours on weekdays (and Sunday afternoon in the summer).



  • U.S. Cavalry Museum   (785) 239-2737
    Building 205 (off Sheridan)
    Fort Riley, KS 66442
    Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sunday 12:00-4:30 p.m.; Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
  • 1st Infantry Division Museum
    Building 207 (between Sheridan and Custer)
    Fort Riley, KS 66442
    Phone & Hours: same as U.S. Cavalry Museum
  • Custer House   (785) 239-2737
    Quarters 24 (off Sheridan)
    Fort Riley, KS 66442
    Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day
    Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sundays 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Closed on weekdays
  • First Territorial Capitol   (785) 784-5355
    Buildings 692 & 693 (off Huebner Road - East of Irwin Army Hospital)
    Fort Riley, KS 66442
    Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
    Closed Monday-Wednesday
  • Geary County Historical Society Museum   785-238-1666
    520 N. Adams (6th & Adams Street), Junction City, KS 66441
    In an old stone school

Geary County School Systems



More Data About Geary County

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


Geary County Offices

For more about Geary County contact:

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