Thomas County Courthouse
County Seat: Colby
· 8,180 (2000)
· 8,258 (1990)
· 4,112 (1900)
Area: 1,075 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: TH
Organized October 8, 1885.
County seat Colby.
In honor of Major-General George H. Thomas,
United States army, who died in 1870.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
There is a section on Thomas County in the book
Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History
by Frank Blackmar (1912).
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Thomas County online including a rich bibliography and
lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Thomas County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Brewster 285 67732 3428
Colby 5,450 67701 1886 3160
Gem 96 67734 1887 3090
Levant 67743 3311
Menlo 57 67753 1888 2945
Rexford 157 67753 2955
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Thomas County
- The Thomas County courthouse (1906) is on the National Register of
Historic Places. It's an ornate multi-story brick building with a
- The Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby has a sod house,
a country church, a one-room school, and the Cooper barn,
Kansas' biggest barn.
Special Events in Thomas County
- The Thomas County Free Fair is held the last week in July.
Thomas County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
More Data About Thomas County
Thomas County Offices
For more about Thomas County contact:
- Colby Chamber of Commerce (785) 460-3401
350 S Range Ave / Colby, KS 67701
- Colby Convention and Visitors Bureau (785) 460-7643
350 S Range Ave / PO Box 572 / Colby, KS 67701
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.