County Seat: Beloit
· 6,932 (2000)
· 7,203 (1990)
· 14,647 (1900)
Area: 717 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: MC
Organized in 1870.
County seat, Beloit.
In honor of William D. Mitchell who entered
the Union army as a private in Company K, Second Kansas Cavalry;
was promoted to Captain in the Second Kentucky Cavalry, and
killed March 10, 1865 at Monroe's Cross Road, N. C.
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 Mitchell County
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Mitchell County towns:
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Mitchell County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
More history on the towns of Mitchell County is available:
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Mitchell County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Asherville 1866 1346
Beloit 4,019 67420 1866 1386
Blue Hill 1670
Cawker City 521 67430 1871 1500
Glen Elder 439 67446 1871 1424
Hunter 77 67452 1915 1600
Scottsville 21 67420 1560
Simpson 114 67478 1871 1337
Solomon Rapids 1393
Tipton 243 67485 1872 1604
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Mitchell County
Mitchell County is one of six counties in the Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance.
The alliance is recording the history of the valley, showing visitors how to find interesting places between Hoxie in the west and Glasco in the east.
The heart of downtown in Glen Elder is the main square called
Wilson-Neff Park. It's a shady square with a copy of the Statue
of Liberty. Many fine old post rock buildings surround the park.
There's also a wonderful "castle" made of post rock that was
orginally built as a big service station & garage. The ornate
architecture and craftsmanship make it a good place to stop and
- Waconda Spring, now flooded by Waconda Lake, was a
natural landmark in this area. A
describes the legend associated with it and a
is being recreated at the state park.
- Vera's Bar in Hunter is a unique institution. The owner is somewhere
between 65 and 105, and will sing at the slightest provocation.
- The view from the hill three or four miles north of Hunter is one of the best ways to see the unique beauty of this part of Kansas
- Yep, Cawker City sure does have a
ball of twine. Started in 1953,
the ball is now over 40 feet around and weighs over 8 tons.
- Downtown Beloit is jammed with neat old buildings. The Chamber of
Commerce has a tour guide brochure to help you enjoy it.
- Beloit has two homes on the National Register of Historic Places:
the Miller residence at 304 E. Main and the Reiter home at
422 W. Eighth. Unfortunately neither is open for tours. Beloit has
four other buildings registered also: St. John's Catholic Church,
the Mitchell County Courthouse, the Little Red Schoolhouse, and
the Mitchell County Museum.
Special Events in Mitchell County
- Waconda Lake is the site of the annual Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament in May.
- In June, Beloit hosts the Kansas 8-Man All Star Football Game - two divisions.
- Annual takeoff on the Mariner Classic Walleye Tournament is
held at Waconda Lake in June.
- Beloit has an annual Homecoming Weekend on Memorial Day Weekend.
- July Fireworks are sponsored by the Eagles (Aerie) and are held the first week of July at Waconda Lake.
- The Mitchell County Fair is held in July.
- St. John's Harvest Festival is in July in Beloit.
- During the annual Cawker City Twine-A-Thon in August,
additional twine is added to the giant ball.
- Glen Elder celebrates Fun Day in August.
- The annual Tipton picnic is held in August.
- Mitchell Co. Jr. Miss in Beloit is in Beloit in October.
- Solomon Arts & Craft Show is held in the Municipal Building in Beloit, last Saturday in October.
- On Veteran's Day, November 11, Beloit celebrates with a
- The day after Thanksgiving is the start of the Chautauqua Isle
of Lights in Chautauqua Park in Beloit. It is open every night thru
- Also in December, Beloit has the Community Christmas Concert with choirs, narrators and
- Mitchell County Museum (785) 738-5355
402 W. Eighth, Beloit, KS 67420
- Beloit Call (785) 738-3537
119 E. Main, Beloit, KS 67420
- Cawker City Ledger (785) 781-4831
More Data About Mitchell County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
- Muilenburg, G. & Swinford, A. Land of the Post Rock (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1975)
Mitchell County Offices
For more about Mitchell County contact:
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.