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County Seat: Pratt
Founded: 1879
Population:
    · 9,647 (2000)
    · 9,702 (1990)
    · 7,085 (1900)
Area: 735 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: PR 

 

 

 

Pratt County

Pratt County Courthouse in Pratt, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.
Pratt County Courthouse     

History

Map of Pratt County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1873.  County seat Iuka, but not recognized in consequence of frauds.  Pratt is now the county seat.  Organized constitutionally in 1879.  Named in memory of Caleb Pratt, Second Lieutenant of Company D, First Kansas Infantry, killed in action August 10, 1861 at Wilson's creek, Mo.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Pratt County.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Pratt, Cullison, and Coats.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Pratt County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Pratt County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Byers                       50  67021               2006
    Cairo                                               1730
    Coats                      112  67028       1887    1970
    Croft                                               2035
    Cullison                    98              1886    2040
    Hopewell                                            2044
    Iuka                       185  67066               1950
    Natrona                                             1879
    Pratt                    6,570  67124       1884    1890
    Preston                    164  67569               1840
    Sawyer                     124  67134       1887    1910
    Springvale                                          1950
    Waldeck                                             1778
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Pratt County

  • Lemon Park, close to downtown Pratt, is a beautiful park and was home to the Kansas Sampler Festival in 1998 and 1999.
  • Byers has a nice Methodist church built in 1947 from three kinds of brick and a tiny frame city hall. It also has an amazing number of junked cars, trucks, and strange machinery.
  • Iuka is impressively prosperous. The grade school (USD 382) is still open, the bank and post office downtown look new, the elevators and farm supply store are going strong, and there are two cafes. Northeast of town the land is flat with oil wells everywhere.
  • There is a roadside park beside K-61 in Preston.
  • The Barron Theater is a grand old Moorish castle stuck on a Kansas street.
  • West of Cairo, there used to be a little stucco tower on the south side of US-54. It was an old "tourist attraction" gas station that disappeared when the highway was improved.

Libraries

Museums

Pratt County School Systems

Colleges & Universities

Hospitals

Newspapers

  • Pratt Tribune   (620) 672-5511
    320 S. Main / P. O. Box 909, Pratt, KS 67124

More Data About Pratt County

Economic Development Health Data

Genealogy

References

  • Fitzgerald, Daniel Faded Dreams : More Ghost Towns of Kansas ( University Press of Kansas. 1994)
  • WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1984 )

Pratt County Offices

For more about Pratt County contact:

 
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