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Greenwood County Courthouse in Eureka, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell.
 Greenwood County Courthouse

Greenwood County

Location
 
County Seat: Eureka 
Founded: 1862 
Population:
    ·   7,673 (2000)
    ·   7,487 (1990)
    · 16,196 (1900)
Area: 1135 Square Miles 
Standard Abbreviation: GW 

 

History

Map of Greenwood County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1862.  County seat Eureka.  This county received its name as a compliment to Alfred B. Greenwood, who, about the time of the organization of the territory, was commissioner of Indian Affairs. He negotiated treaties on behalf of the United States with the Sac and Fox and other tribes in southern Kansas.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
 
Legend has it that the Greek philosopher/scientist Archimedes said "Eureka" (Greek for "I have found it") when he first figured out why things float while he was bathing.
 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Greenwood County.
 
There is a section on Greenwood 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 Eureka, Madison, Quincy, & Reece, & Severy.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Greenwood County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns & Villages of Greenwood County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Bisbee                                              1132
    Blodgett                                    1888    1453
    Burkett                                             1260
    Climax                      64  67137       1884    1040
    Eureka                   2,914  67045       1861    1084
    Fall River                 156  67047       1879     930
    Hamilton                   334  66853       1889    1098
    Hilltop                                     1873    1020
    Ivanpah                                             1210
    Kenbro                                      1928    1427
    Lamont                          66855       1857    1125
    Lapland                                             1230
    Madison                    857  66860       1879    1100
    Neal                            66863       1882     940
    Piedmont                        67122               1215
    Quincy                                      1879     945
    Reece                                       1882    1220
    Rocky Ford                                           940
    Sallyards                                           1450
    Severy                     359  67137       1870    1120
    Teterville                                  1921    1590
    Thrall                                      1922    1371
    Tonovay                                     1875    1060
    Utopia                                      1879    1131
    Virgil                     113  66870       1857    1000
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Greenwood County

    Three arch stone bridge northeast of Piedmont, Kansas
  • The three-arch stone bridge (at right) is located 4 miles north and 1 mile west of the Piedmont turnoff from Hwy 96.
  • Horse racing at Eureka Downs has a long history with rich traditions.
  • Much of Greenwood County is in the Flint Hills. Crossing the prairie on a narrow dirt road offers a feeling of solitude that is hard to achieve anywhere else. During late spring, the wildflowers are magnificent.
  • Fall River Reservoir in southern Greenwood county is one of Kansas' larger lakes.  Built and maintained by the Corps of Engineers, it offers fishing, hunting, water sports, camping, and lots of wildlife.
  • Toronto Lake is in an area with unusual geology.  Rocky little canyons filled with oak trees offer great scenery.

Libraries

  • Eureka Public Library   (620) 583-6222
    522 N. Main St., Eureka, KS 67045
  • Hamilton City Library  
    13 E Main / P. O. Box 128, Hamilton, KS 66853
  • Madison Public Library  
    112 S First, Madison, KS 66860

Museums

Greenwood County School Systems

Hospitals

Newspapers

  • Eureka Herald   (620) 583-5721
    106 W. Second / P. O. Box 188 / Eureka, KS 67045
  • Madison News

More Data About Greenwood County

Economic Development
  • Greenwood County Economic Development Council   (620) 583-8177
  • Kansas County Profile Reports Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, ther University of Kansas
Health Data

Genealogy

Greenwood County Offices

For more about Greenwood County contact:

  • Eureka Chamber of Commerce   (620) 583-5452
    112 N. Main / Eureka, KS 67045
     
  • Eureka Economic Development Council   (620) 583-6140
    P. O. Box 68 / Eureka, KS 67045
     
  • Greenwood County Council on Aging   (620) 583-5453
    209 North Oak, Eureka, KS 67045 (Eureka Senior Center)
 
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