County Seat: Stockton
· 5,685 (2000)
· 6,039 (1990)
· 7,960 (1900)
Area: 888 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: RO
Rooks County Courthouse
Organized in 1872.
In memory of John C. Rooks, private of Company I,
Eleventh Kansas Infantry, who died December 11, 1862,
at Fayetteville, Ark., of wounds received in the
battle of Prairie Grove, December 7, 1862.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
The Rooks County courthouse was designed by architect Frank C. Squires
and was built during the period from 1921-1924.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas
, first published in 1883, tells about early Ottawa County
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Rooks County online including a rich bibliography and
lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
More History of Rooks County
Burial Records for Rural Cemeteries
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Rooks County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
============ ========== ===== ==== =========
Codell 67630 1985
Damar 155 67632 1888 2106
Palco 248 67657 1877 2280
Plainville 2,029 67663 1888 2143
Stockton 1,558 67669 1792
Webster 0 1885 1856
Woodston 116 67675 1885 1712
Zurich 126 67676
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Rooks County
Rooks County is one of six counties in the Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance.
The alliance is recording the history of the valley, showing visitors how to find interesting places between Hoxie in the west and Glasco in the east.
- Webster Reservoir in western Rooks County provides excellent
hunting and fishing as well as a variety of recreation activities
such as boating, swimming, hiking, and special events.
- Plainville Township Lake and Rooks County State Lake provide
for additional fishing opportunities.
- The old log hotel and the Frank Walker Museum offer and interesting
view of Stockton's History.
Rooks County School Systems
- Plainville Times (785) 434-4525
400 W. Mills /
- Stockton Sentinel (785) 425-6354
414 Main /
More Data About Rooks County
Rooks County Offices
For more about Rooks County contact:
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.