County Seat: Ness City
· 3,454 (2000)
· 4,033 (1990)
· 4,535 (1900)
Area: 1074 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: NS
Ness County Courthouse
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
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
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
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Ness County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Arnold 67515 1902 2563
Bazine 311 67516 2125
Beeler 67518 1887 2505
Brownell 48 67521 2410
Ness City 1,534 67560 1878 2251
Ransom 338 67572 2511
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."
- 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
Ness County School Systems
- 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
- 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
- University of Kansas' County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
- The Kansas Geological Society has a
of Ness County online.
Ness County Offices
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.