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Reno County Courthouse in Hutchinson, Kansas

Reno County  

Location
 
County Seat: Hutchinson
Organized: 1872
Population:
  64,790  (2000)
  62,389  (1990)
  29,027  (1900)
Area: 1,254 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: RN    

Historical Notes

Map of Reno County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1872.  County seat Hutchinson.  In memory of Jesse L. Reno, Captain United States army, and Major-General of Volunteers, who was killed in battle Sept. 14, 1862, at South Mountain, Md.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
 

 
The huge courthouse was completed in 1931 and was designed by architect William Earl Hulse.
 
Hutchinson was the western end of the Arkansas Valley Interurban which conected Wichita, Newton, Halstead, Burrton, and Hutchinson.
 
One of the rail lines that served Hutchinson was the Hutchinson & Southern, a remarkable railroad built by a group of Kansas businessmen without spending any of their own money. It later became part of the A.T.&S.F.
 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Reno County.
 
There is a section on Reno County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of: Abbyville, Haven, Hutchinson, Nickerson, Partridge, Plevna, South Hutchinson, Sylvia, & Turon.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Reno County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Reno County

                         Population              
    Town                2000    1990 ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================  ============= =========   ====  =========
    Abbyville            128     140 67510       1866    1,650
    Adams Corner                                         1,590
    Arlington            459     457 67514       1887    1,610
    Buhler             1,358   1,277 67522       1888    1,485
    Castleton                                            1,468
    Charters Corner                                      1,637
    Cruppers Corner                                      1,538
    Darlow                                               1,557
    Elmer                                                1,540
    Haven              1,175   1,198 67543               1,480
    Huntsville                                           1,738
    Hutchinson        40,787  39,308 67501-67505 1871    1,538
    Kilbourns Corner                                     1,726
    Langdon               72      62 67583       1887    1,695
    Lerado                                       1885    1,670
    McVays Corner                                        1,675
    Medora                           67502               1,482
    Nickerson          1,194   1,137 67561       1872    1,593
    Obeeville                                            1,512
    Partridge            259     213 67566               1,610
    Plevna                99     117 67568               1,684
    Pretty Prairie       615     601 67570               1,576
    Punkin Center                                        1,484
    Saint Joe                                            1,530
    South Hutchinson   2,539   2,444 67505               1,525
    Sylvia               297     308 67581               1,738
    Turon                436     393 67583       1881    1,760
    Whiteside                                            1,582
    Willowbrook           36      95                     1,538
    Yaggy                                                1,560
    Yoder                            67585       1889    1,539
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Reno County

  • Elmer has shrunk to a few houses and an abandoned metal elevator near where highways 17 and 96 intersect.

Special Events in Reno County

  • The Kansas State Fair at Hutchinson every fall is the real thing.  From the miniature train to the swine barn, from corny dogs to Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican food, it's all there.
  • Pretty Prairie shows classic films in the park and in their historic Civic Theatre downtown.
  • Every July, Pretty Prairie hosts "Kansas Largest Night Rodeo."

Libraries

  • Arlington City Library   620-538-2471
    Arlington, KS 67514
  • Buhler Public Library   620-543-2241
    121 N. Main Street, Buhler, KS 67522
  • Haven City Library   620-465-3524
    121 N. Kansas, Haven, KS 67543
  • Hutchinson Public Library   620-663-5441
    901 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS 67501
  • South Central Kansas Library System   1-620-663-5441 / 1-800-234-0529 (in Kansas)
    901 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS 67501
  • Nickerson City Library   620-422-3361
    One N. Nickerson / P. O. Box 456, Nickerson, KS 67561
  • Partridge Public Library   620-567-2565
    P. O. Box 127 / Partridge, KS 67566
  • Pretty Prairie Public Library   620-459-6392
    118 W. Main Street, Pretty Prairie, KS 67570
  • Sylvia Public Library   620-486-2472
    Sylvia, KS 67581
  • Turon City Library   620-497-6409
    Burns Street / P. O. Box 357, Turon, KS 67583

Museums

Reno County School Systems

Colleges & Universities

Hospitals

Newspapers

  • Hutchinson News   (620) 694-5700
    300 W. Second, Hutchinson, KS 67501
  • Nickerson News   (620) 422-3294
    KLOVELOCK@COX.NET
  • Ninnescah Valley News   (620) 459-6322
    201 S. Maple, Pretty Prairie, KS
  • Turon Record   (620) 497-6448
    117 N. Burns / P. O. Box 38, Turon, KS 67583

More Data About Reno County

Economic Development
  • Kansas County Profile Reports
    Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Health Data

Genealogy

Reno County Offices

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