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Location of Saline County, Kansas
County Seat: Salina
Founded: 1859
  · 53,597   (2000)
  · 49,301   (1990)
  · 17,076   (1900)
Area: 720 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: SA 

Saline County

Saline County Courthouse in Salina, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell.
Saline County Courthouse 


Map of Saline County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1859. County Seat, Salina. Named for the Saline river, whose waters drain a large area of the county.
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, 1899
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Saline County.
There is a section on Saline County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Saline 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 Assaria, Brookville, Gypsum, New Cambria, Salina, and Smolan.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Saline County

     Town          Population  ZIP         Year Elevation
     ------------  ----------  -----       ---- ---------
     Assaria              438  67416       1868   1282
     Bavaria                   67401              1270
     Bridgeport                                   1302
     Brookville           259  67425       1869   1369
     Falun                     67442              1352
     Glendale                                     1385
     Gypsum               414  67448              1229
     Hallville                                    1405
     Hedville                                     1271
     Kipp                                         1210
     Marydel                                      1260
     Mentor                    67416              1273
     New Cambria          150  67470              1196
     Salemsborg                                   1330
     Salina            45,679  67401-67402 1858   1225
     Shipton                                      1240
     Smolan               218  67479       1868   1315
     Trenton                                      1225
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Coronado Heights main 'castle'
Coronado Heights--1936 WPA Project .

Special Places in Saline County

  • Coronado Heights is a favorite place to explore.  It's perched on top of the mountains NW of Lindsborg close to the southern border of Saline County.  Built by the WPA in 1936, it has a main "castle", picnic spots with stone fireplaces' and a stone "convenience" building.  A switchback road that may have once been paved leads right to the top where the view is wonderful in all directions.  More photos (135K total size)
  • Brookville, located about 15 miles southwest of Salina on KS-140, is a shady little town with an interesting history and several handsome old buildings including the original Brookville Hotel.
  • The Rolling Hills Zoo Wildlife Conservation Center, Inc. is a zoological park 6 miles west of Salina, south of I-70.  The center opened Oct 26, 1999.


  • Gypsum Public Library   (785) 536-4296
    521 Maple / P. O. Box 8, Gypsum, KS 67448-0008
  • Salina Public Library   (785) 825-4624
    301 W. Elm, Salina, KS 67401


  • Central Kansas Flywheels Museum   (785) 825-8473
    1100 W. Diamond Dr., Salina, KS 67401
    Open May-Oct
    Collection started as agricultural items, grew into domestic & many other areas. 300,000 sq. ft., 4 bldgs.
  • Smoky Hill Museum   (785) 309-5776
    Eighth & Iron / Salina, KS 67402
  • Salina Art Center   (785) 827-1431
    242 S. Santa Fe / Salina, KS 67402

Saline County School Systems

Colleges & Universities



  • Salina Journal   (785) 823-6363
    333 S. 4th / P. O. Box 740 / Salina, KS 67402

More Data About Saline County

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


Saline County Offices

For more about Saline County contact:

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