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Smith County courthouse in Smith Center, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.
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Smith  County



Location in Kansas of Smith County.



County Seat: Smith Center
Founded: 1872
    ·   4,536 (2000)
    ·   5,078 (1990)
    · 16,384 (1900)
Area: 897 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: SM



Map of Smith County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1872. County seat Smith Center. In memory of Nathan Smith, Major of Second Colorado Volunteers, killed October 23, 1864, at the battle of the Little Blue, 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 Smith County.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Smith 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 Smith Center, Kensington, Gaylord, Lebanon, and Athol.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Smith County

  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
        1789          51 Athol            66932
        1890             Bellaire
        1631             Cedar            67628
        1660             Claudell
        1960             Cora
        1548             Dispatch
        1592         145 Gaylord          67638
        1576             Harlan           67641
        1784         529 Kensington       66951
        1821         303 Lebanon          66952
        1900             Reamsville
  1871  1800       1,931 Smith Center     66967
        2076             Thornburg
        1933             Womer
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Smith County

  • Just northwest of Athol is the "Home on the range" cottage (1871); it's amazingly small.
  • Lebanon is close to the "Center of the US" and a good state road gives access to the little park where the marker is located.
  • Smith Center, the county seat has an Old Dutch-style windmill once used to grind grain.

Special Events in Smith County

  • Gaylord has become known as the "Watermelon City" and people from miles around gather on Labor Day weekend to celebrate Watermelon Day.
  • Kensington celebrates Veterans Day with a community barbeque.
  • The Smith County Free Fair is held in July in Smith Center.


Smith County School Systems

  • USD 237 Smith Center   (785) 282-6665   Smith Center
  • USD 238 West Smith County   (785) 476-2218   Kensington



  • Lebanon Times   (785) 389-6631
    409 Walnut, Lebanon, KS 66952
  • Smith County Pioneer   (785) 282-3371
    614 S. Main, Smith Center, KS 66967

More Data About Smith County

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


Smith County Offices

  • Smith County   (785) 282-5110
    218 S. Grant St., Smith Center, KS 66967
  • Extension Service   (785) 282-6823
    218 S Grant, Courthouse / Smith Center, KS 66967-0287

For more about Smith County contact:

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