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Location
 
 
County Seat: Ness City
Founded: 1880
Population:
    · 3,454 (2000)
    · 4,033 (1990)
    · 4,535 (1900)
Area: 1074 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: NS

Ness County

Ness County Courthouse in Ness City, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell
Ness County Courthouse 

History

Map of Ness County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1873.  County seat, Ness City.  Named in honor of Noah V. Ness, corporal of Company G, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, who died Aug. 24, 1864, at Abbeyville, Miss., of wounds received in action, August 19, 1864.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
 
On May 29, 2000, a bronze, life-sized, statue of Corporal Ness was unveiled - it resides on the courthouse lawn.
 
George Washington Carver homesteaded near Beeler and built himself a sod house.  Two years later he sold the farm for money to go to college with. There's an historical marker beside K-96 and a stone monument on his homestead.
 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Ness County.
 
There is a section on Ness County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
 
The Kansas State Historical Society has historical data for Ness County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Utica, Ransom, Ness City, and Beeler.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Ness County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Arnold                          67515       1902    2563
    Bazine                     311  67516               2125
    Beeler                          67518       1887    2505
    Brownell                    48  67521               2410
    Harold                                              2255
    Laird                                               2411
    Ness City                1,534  67560       1878    2251
    Osgood                                              2460
    Ransom                     338  67572               2511
    Riverside                                           2190
    Utica                      223  67584               2618

 
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Ness County

  • After you leave Utica and approach Gove county from the south there is a dramatic landscape change.
  • Ness City has a beautiful and well-maintained four story bank downtown.  Built in the 1890s, it was originally the Ness County Bank known as the "skyscraper of the plains."

Libraries

  • Brownell Public Library   (785) 481-2300
    Brownell, KS 67521
  • Ness City Library   (785) 798-3415
    113 S. Iowa, Ness City, KS 67560
  • Ransom Public Library   (785) 731-2855
    Ransom, KS 67572
  • Utica Library   (785) 391-2419
    249 N. Ohio, Utica, KS 67584

Museums

Ness County School Systems

Hospitals

  • Grisell Memorial Hospital   (785) 731-2231
    210 S. Vermont, Ransom, KS 67572
  • Ness County Hospital   (785) 798-2291
    312 E Custer St., Ness City, KS 67560

Newspapers

  • Ness County News   (785) 798-2213
    110 S. Kansas, Ness City, KS 67560
  • Utica Star Courier   (785) 391-2235
    332 N. Mary / Utica, KS 67584

More Data About Ness County

Economic Development
  • University of Kansas' County Profile Reports
    Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Health Data Geologic Data
  • The Kansas Geological Society has a Geologic Map of Ness County online.

Genealogy

Ness County Offices

  • Ness County   (785) 798-2401
    202 W. Sycamore St., Ness City, KS 67560
  • Extension Service   (785) 798-3921
    105 S Penn St / Ness City, KS 67560
 
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