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Doniphan County Courthouse in Troy, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.
Doniphan County Courthouse

Doniphan County 

Location
 
 
County Seat: Troy 
Founded:  1855 
Population:
   · 8,249 (2000)
   · 9,268 (1990)
   · 15,079 (1900)
Area: 388 Square Miles 
Standard Abbreviation: DP 
 
The northeasternmost county in Kansas, Doniphan county offers rugged landscapes, spectacular views, and a rich history. It's apple country with thousands of acres of orchards.

History

Map of Doniphan County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1855.  County seat Troy.  In honor of Col. A. W. Doniphan, of Missouri. He commanded a regiment of cavalry during the Mexican War, marching across the plains, and taking a very prominent part in the conquest of New Mexico. He was a zealous partisan in the effort made to extend slavery into Kansas.
 
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 Doniphan County.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Troy, Highland, and White Cloud.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Doniphan County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Doniphan County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Bendena                         66008       1807    1113
    Blair                                                890
    Brenner                                              964
    Denton                     186  66017               1078
    Doniphan                                             850
    Elwood                   1,145  66024       1856     813
    Fanning                                              890
    Highland                   976  66035       1854    1051
    Iowa Point                                           858
    Leona                       88  66532                950
    Moray                                               1044
    Palermo                                              850
    Purcell                                             1159
    Severance                  108  66081                912
    Sparks                                               860
    Troy                     1,054  66087       1855    1099
    Wathena                  1,348  66090       1840     823
    White Cloud                239  66094                888
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Doniphan County

35 foot Indian statue on the courthouse lawn in Troy, Kansas
  • There's a 35 foot Indian statue on the courthouse lawn in Troy. It was carved by sculptor Peter Toth from a burr oak log.
     
  • From the lookout in White Cloud overlooking the Missouri River, you can see parts of four states.
     
  • The Wilbur Chapman monument on Main Street in White Cloud was erected by the American Leprosy Society.
     
  • Irvin Hall on the campus of Highland College is the oldest educational building in Kansas, dating from 1858.
     
  • The Iowa, Sac & Fox Mission State Historic Site is three miles outside of Highland. It was established in 1837 to serve and train Indians being relocated to Kansas from their ancestral homes.

Special Events

  • Troy celebrates Pioneer Days in mid-September with craft demonstrations, cider pressing, bluegrass music, and buggy rides.

Schools

Colleges

Libraries

  • Doniphan County Library Distict   (785) 985-2597

    Central Library
    105 N. Main / P. O. Box 458 / Troy, KS 66087

    Branches:

    Elwood Branch Library   (913) 365-2409
    410 N. 9th / Elwood, Kansas 66024

    Highland Branch Library   (785) 442-3078
    306 W. Main / Highland, Kansas 66035

    Wathena Branch Library   (785) 989-4834
    206 St. Joseph / Wathena, KS 66090

Museums

  • Native American Heritage Museum   (785) 442-3304
    1737 Elgin Road, Highland, KS 66035
  • Yost Art Gallery (785) 442-6000
    Highland Community College / 101 North Elmira / Highland, KS 66035

Newspapers

  • Kansas Chief   (785) 989-4415
    317 St. Joseph / Wathena, KS 66090

More Data About Doniphan County

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

Genealogy

Doniphan County Offices

  • Doniphan County Clerk   (785) 985-3513
    P.O. Box 278, Troy, KS 66087
  • Extension Service   (785) 985-3623 FAX: (785) 985-2858
    PO Box 487, 120 E Chestnut, Troy, KS 66087-0487
 
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Doniphan County Economic Development Commission
(913) 365-2604

 
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