County Seat: Norton
· 5,953 (2000)
· 5,947 (1990)
· 5,947 (1990)
· 11,325 (1900)
Area: 873 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: NT
Norton County Courthouse
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Organized in 1872.
County seat, Norton.
In memory of Orloff Norton, Captain of Company L,
Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry, killed by guerillas at
Cane Hill, Ark., October 29, 1865. In 1873
the county was represented by one N. H. Billings,
who, in consequence of his peculiarities, became
a sort of butt of the Legislature. A member
of the Senate at the time had the name of Norton
changed to Billings, in two lines hidden in a
paragraph of a Bill fixing the boundaries of certain
counties. The next Legislature restored the
name of Norton.
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Norton County
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas
, first published in 1883, tells about
early Norton County
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society has
for Norton County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Almena 469 67622 2155
Clayton 66 67629 2450
Densmore 67645 2075
Devizes 1873 2300
Edmond 47 67636 2119
Lenora 306 67645 2270
New Almelo 67652 2410
Norton 3,012 67654 1872 2300
Special Places in Norton County
- Prairie Dog State Park near Norton has an adobe house and the 1886
Hillmon school in addition to lots of furry little rodents.
- The Gallery of Also-Rans in Norton shows
all of the unsuccessful candidates for President.
- Norton is also home to a recreation of
Station 15 of the
Leavenworth and Pikes Peak Stagecoach Line.
Norton County School Systems
More Data About Norton County
Norton County Offices
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Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.