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Lane County courthouse in Dighton, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell

Lane County

Location
 
County Seat: Dighton
Founded: 1886
Population:
    · 2,155   (2000)
    · 2,375   (1990)
    · 1,563   (1900)
Area: 717 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: LE

History

Map of Lane County, KS in 1899
Organized June 3, 1886.  County seat, Dighton.  In honor of Senator James H. Lane, of Kansas.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
 
The harsh conditions that greeted early settlers is descibed in the humorous nineteenth century poem, The Lane County Bachelor.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Dighton and Healy.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Lane County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Lane County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Alamota                                             2615
    Amy                                                 2858
    California                                  1879    2858    Abandoned about 1872
    Dighton                  1,261  67839               2765
    Healy                           67850               2854
    Pendennis                                           2724
    Shields                         67874               2783
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Lane County School Systems

  • USD 468 Healy (620) 398-2248 Healy
  • USD 482 Dighton (620) 397-2835 Dighton

Hospitals

Libraries

Museums

  • Lane County Historical Museum (620) 397-5652 [Free]
    333 N. Main / Dighton, KS 67839
     
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tuesday-Saturdays
    Also open Sunday afternoons in summer. - Sod House and Machinery Park

Newspapers

  • Dighton Herald (620) 397-5347
    113 E. Long / Dighton, KS 67839

More Data About Lane County

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

Genealogy

Lane County Offices

  • Lane County (620) 397-5356
    144 South Ln. / Dighton, KS 67839
  • Extension Service (620) 397-2806
    144 S. Lane Street / PO Box 487 / Dighton, KS 67839
 
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Lane County Chamber of Commerce
(620) 397-2211
135 N. Lane / Dighton, KS 67839
 
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