Brown County Courthouse
County Seat: Hiawatha
· 10,724 (2000)
· 11,128 (1990)
· 22,369 (1900)
Area: 572 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: BR
Organized in 1855.
County seat Hiawatha.
After Albert G. Browne, of Mississippi, who had
been Senator and member of the House of Representatives
from that state, was United States Senator at the
date of the Act organizing Kansas Territory, was
relected for six years in 1859, but withdrew with
Jefferson Davis on the secession of the Southern
states. The name is properly spelled with an e
in the original statute, but on the county seal
the e was left off--accidently, probably.
All later statues present the name without the
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Hiawatha was incorporated in 1857 and became the Brown
county seat in 1858. On June 3, 1870 the town was
renamed for the Indian brave in Longfellow's poem.
and Statistics of Brown County, Kansas documents the early history
of Brown County. It was compiled by E.N. Morrill and published in 1876.
- William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas,
first published in 1883, also has a chapter on early Brown County.
- The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
- The Kansas State Historical Society also has
historical data for Brown County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Brown County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Everest 314 66424 1150
Fairview 271 66425 1230
Hamlin 53 1000
Hiawatha 3,417 66434-435 1857 1136
Horton 1,967 66439 1886 1082
Morrill 277 66515 1091
Powhattan 91 66527 1203
Reserve 100 66434 908
Robinson 216 66532 955
Sun Springs 1085
Willis 69 66435 1165
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Brown County
- The Old Town Clock, built in 1891, is the crowning glory to an
ornate brick building in downtown Hiawatha.
- Hiawatha is home to the Davis Memorial, a set of statues showing
John and Sarah Davis at various stages of their life. It's a strange
idea but impressive.
- The Brown County Lake is a stopping point for hundreds of thousands
of migrating geese.
- The collection of windmills at the Brown County Agriculture Museum in Hiawatha
is unique and interesting.
- While in Horton go to the Post Office to view some very special murals painted by Kenneth Evett.
- Mission Lake, located at the northeast corner of Horton, has 278 acres of camping grounds, boating, water skiing and fishing.
Special Events in Brown County
- Horton is the site of the Brown County 4-H Fair held in mid-July.
- Hiawatha's annual Maple Leaf Festival is a big event
held the first Saturday in October.
- Since 1914, Hiawatha has had a Halloween Frolic.
Folks there say it's the oldest in the country.
- Horton Community Hospital (785) 486-2642
240 W. 18th St. / Horton, KS 66439
- Hiawatha Community Hospital (785) 742-2131
300 Utah St. / Hiawatha, KS 66434
- Brown County Agriculture Museum (785) 742-3330
East Iowa Street / Hiawatha, KS 66434
- Brown County Historical Society & Museum (785) 742-3330
611 Utah Street / Hiawatha, KS 66434
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday - Saturday ($1.00 Admission)
- Everest World
- Fairview Enterprise (785) 467-3461
Fairview, KS 66425
- Hiawatha Daily World (785) 742-2111
607 Utah / Hiawatha, KS 66434
- Horton Headlight (785) 486-2512
133 W. 8th / Horton, KS 66439
More Data About Brown County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Brown County Offices
- Brown County
601 Oregon St. / Hiawatha, KS 66434
- County Clerk (785) 742-2581
Brown County Courthouse / Courthouse Square / Hiawatha, KS 66434
- N.E.K. Multi-County Health Department - Brown County
907 S. 2nd St. / Hiawatha, KS 66434
- Extension Service
Courthouse, 601 Oregon / Hiawatha, KS 66434-2288
For more about Brown County contact:
- Hiawatha Chamber of Commerce (785) 742-7136
622 Oregon / Hiawatha, KS 66434
- Horton Chamber of Commerce (785) 486-3321
PO Box 167 / Horton, KS 66439
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.