County Seat: Elkhart
· 3,496 (2000)
· 3,480 (1990)
· 304 (1900)
Area: 731 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: MT
Courthouse in Elkhart
Organized November 18, 1886.
County seat, Richfield.
Was named in honor of Honorable
Oliver P. Morton, of Indiana.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Morton County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Morton County
Year Elev Population Name ZIP
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1913 3624 2,233 Elkhart 67950
1885 3400 48 Richfield 67953
1912 3300 482 Rolla 67954
1913 3430 Wilburton
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Morton County
- Cunningham Park in Elkhart honors the famous Olympic runner.
- The Cimarron Grasslands are the largest tract of public land in Kansas.
- Point of Rocks is a scenic and historic location north of Elkhart
looking out over the Cimarron River valley which probably
won't have any water in it when you visit.
- Richfield used to be the county seat of Morton County and had a two story stone courthouse which was abandoned many years ago. The town school has been
converted into a Sr. Center and the city park has clean free public restrooms.
- The Richfield Methodist Church was built in the 1800's and still serves an active congregation. The bricks in the building were made in Richfield.
- Morton County Library (620) 697-2025
410 Kansas / P. O. Box 938 / Elkhart, KS 67950
- Rolla Public Library (620) 593-4328
201 Van Buren / Rolla, KS 67954
Morton County School Systems
- Tri-State News (620) 697-4716
546 Morton / Elkhart, KS 67950
More Data About Morton County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Morton County Genealogy
- WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. reprint 1984) See Tour 4a.
Morton County Offices
For more about Morton County contact:
- Elkhart Chamber of Commerce (620) 697-4600
P. O. Box 696 / Elkhart, KS 67950
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.