County Seat: Oakley
· 3,046 (2000)
· 3,081 (1990)
· 1,962 (1900)
Area: 1073 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: LG
Logan county is located in western Kansas just south of Interstate 70 and one county east of
the Colorado line. The valley of the Smoky Hill River cuts a beautiful, broad swath through the county.
Organized September 17, 1887.
County seat, Russell Springs.
By an act of the Legistlature in 1887,
the name of the then unorganized county of
St. John was changed to Logan, in honor
of the late General John A. Logan.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Until 1963 Russell Springs was the county seat for Logan County. There was much feuding over which
town should serve as county seat. Oakley won the honor in 1963. In 1965 the old county courthouse in
Russell Springs became the Butterfield Trail Historical Museum.
Russell Springs, founded in 1865, was the Eaton stop on the Butterfield Overland Dispatch stage line. The
line ran through rough Indian country to connect the gold mines in Denver, Colorado, with Fort Riley, Kansas.
It ran until the Kansas Pacific Railroad was built. Travelers on the Butterfield Trail always made the
natural springs in the area a watering place, calling them "Russell's springs."
The Kansas State Historical Society has
for Logan County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Logan County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Monument 67747 3173
Oakley 2,173 67748 1884 3050
Page City 3232
Russell Springs 32 67755 1865 2964
Winona 228 67764 3329
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Logan County
- Russell Springs has a beautiful site on the ridge that forms the north
side of the valley of the Smoky Hill River. You can see the impressive
old courthouse, which is now the Butterfield Trail Museum, for many miles to the south.
- The Fick Fossil & History Museum in Oakley is a compact, well arranged and very interesting museum that is well worth stopping to see.
- The Keystone Gallery is located on US 83 at Dakota Road -
18 miles north of Scott City or 26 miles south of Oakley. This fossil
museum / art gallery / souvenir shop is in a 1916 limestone Church
overlooking the Smoky Hill River Valley. The site is surrounded
by a 400 head buffalo herd and has a great view of Monument Rocks 8
miles to the east in Gove county.
- Monument has a nice brick school building on School Street in the south part of town.
- McAllaster is down to a grain elevator and a house.
- Winona has a roadside city park with restrooms beside US40.
Special Events in Logan County
- Oakley hosts the annual Kansas State Cornhusking Contest in late October.
- Russell Springs has an Old Settlers' Day on the Sunday in Labor Day weekend. There's a parade, pot luck dinner, cow chip throwing contest, and craft fair.
- Russell Springs also hosts the annual Butterfield Trail Ride the first weekend in June. It's a 2 day trail ride, dance, Sunday morning church service, and rodeo.
Logan County School Systems
- USD 274 Oakley (785) 671-4826 Oakley
- USD 275 Triplains (785) 846-7869 Winona
Museums and Galleries
- Butterfield Trail Museum (785) 751-4242
P.O. Box 383, Russell Springs, KS 67755
Open first Tuesday of May through Labor Day
9:00-noon and 1:00 - 5:00 Tuesday / Saturday
1:00 - 5:00 Sunday; Closed Monday.
Housed in a beautiful old courthouse with an incredible view of the Smoky Hill River valley.
- Fick Fossil & History Museum (785) 671-4839
700 West Third / Oakley, KS
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From Memorial Day until Labor Date extended hours are:
Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fossils, wood carvings, branding irons, wildflowers
- Keystone Gallery (620) 872-2762
401 U.S. 83 (between Scott City and Oakley), Scott City, KS 67871
" Warm weather - Most of the time; Cold Weather - varies."
Their buffalo sculpture is a good place to take tourist pictures; their fossil fish is intriguing.
Have free maps to Monument Rocks eight miles east in Gove county.
- Oakley Graphic (785) 672-3228
118 Center Ave. / Oakley, KS 67448
More Data About Logan County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Logan County Offices
710 W. 2nd. St / Oakley, KS 67748
710 W 2nd / Oakley, KS 67748
For more about Logan County contact:
- The Logan County Development Corporation, (785) 672-4550 FAX: (785) 672-3838
212 Center Ave., Oakley, KS 67748
- Oakley Area Chamber of Commerce (785) 672-4862
216 Center / Oakley, KS 67748
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.