County Seat: Marion
· 13,361 (2000)
· 12,888 (1990)
· 20,676 (1900)
Area: 944 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: MN
Organized in 1860.
County seat, Marion.
Named for Marion county, Ohio which was so-called
in memory of General Francis Marion, of revolutionary
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Francis Marion (1732-1795), "The Swamp Fox", was a South Carolina
hero of the Revolutionary War.
The Santa Fe trail crossed Marion county and there are many
markers and traces to be found.
A few miles west of Lost Springs is the site of the old Lost Spring
Santa Fe trail.
The famous Cottonwood Crossing was near Durham and the ruts of the great
wagons can still be seen there.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical
images of several Marion County towns:
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas
, first published in 1883, tells about early Marion County
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Marion County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Marion County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Antelope 66858 1870 1370
Burns 268 66840 1504
Canada 1883 1364
Durham 114 67438 1887 1396
Florence 671 66851 1872 1280
Goessel 565 67053 1533
Hillsboro 2,854 67063 1879 1454
Lehigh 215 67073 1881 1529
Lincolnville 225 66858 1420
Lost Springs 71 66859 1887 1490
Marion 2,110 66861 1860 1307
Peabody 1,384 66866 1871 1361
Pilsen 1874 1434
Ramona 94 67475 1887 1433
Tampa 144 67483 1887 1424
Census Quick Facts
Special Places in Marion County
- Lehigh still has an elevator and a nice little park with
millstones and an old bell on Main. The former high school is commemorated with a monument built of bricks from the school building.
- The St. John Nepomucene Catholic church in Pilsen is literally and
figuratively the heart of the town and can be seen for many
miles around. A school, gift shop, and FINA garage, and an
ostrich/emu farm summarize what is left.
- The Hill School in Marion is the oldest school building still
in use as a school in Kansas.
The Marion County courthouse in Marion (built in 1906) is on the National
Register of Historic Places.
Just north of town there's a graceful old 1930s bridge.
Mennonite Heritage Museum
in Goessel is almost a village.
It is intended to recreate the daily lives of the Mennonite immigrants
who settled the area in the 1870's.
- Peabody's downtown has a perfect block of turn-of-the-century
business buildings. The local museum is located in
an old frame building labeled as "the oldest free public
library in Kansas". The library is in a beautiful Carnegie Library
- Tabor College in Hillsboro is a four-year private liberal arts college founded in 1908.
- A few miles west of Lost Springs is the site of the old
Lost Spring on the Santa Fe trail.
- Marion Reservoir, just north of US 56 provides a wealth of recreational opportunities
and is especially well known for its fishing. Contact (620) 382-2101 for
Special Events in Marion County
- Lehigh hosts an annual Antique Engine Show on Memorial Day
- Goessel celebrates Threshing Days in August
- Marion's Central Park is the site of "Art in the Park"
- The annual crafts fair in Hillsboro is HUGE!
It's held the third Saturday in September.
- The Marion County Fair is held every August in Hillsboro.
Marion County Non-profit agencies & organizations
- Harvey-Marion County Community Developmental Disability Organization (316) 283-7997
500 N. Main / Suite #206 / Newton, KS 67114
Marion County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
- Tabor College (620) 947-3121
400 South Jefferson / Hillsboro, KS 67063
More Data About Marion County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, the University of Kansas
- Century of Pride (Florence: Bulletin Printing Co. 1972)
- Marion County, Kansas, Past and Present (Hillsboro: Marion County
Historical Society, Inc. 1972)
Marion County Offices
For more about Marion County contact:
- Florence Chamber of Commerce (620) 878-4421
417 Main / Florence, KS 66851
- Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce (620) 947-3506
109 S. Main / Hillsboro, KS 67063
- Marion Chamber of Commerce (620) 382-3425
201 N. Third / Marion, KS 66861
- Peabody Chamber of Commerce (620) 983-2174
208 W. Second / Peabody, KS 66866
Last updated on
November 6, 2012
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.