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Graham County Courthouse in Hill City, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell





 Graham County Courthouse



Graham County

Location of Graham County, Kansas

County Seat: Hill City
Founded: 1880
    · 2,946 (2000)
    · 3,543 (1990)
    · 5,173 (1900)
Area: 898 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: GH 

        The beautiful valley of the Solomon river runs across Graham County from west to east; highway US24 takes advantage of the natural highway and follows the river across the county. US283 crosses both at Hill City.
  • Antelope Lake near Morland was built in the 1930's as a WPA project and now offers fine fishing.
  • Morland is justly proud of the relief on the front of the Citizens State Bank on Main Street.
  • An historical marker at Nicodemus describes this old black "exoduster" settlement which is nearly gone; good signs help understand what's left.


Map of Graham County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1880.  County seat Hill City.  In honor of Captain John L. Graham, of the Eighth Regiment, Kansas Infantry--killed in action at Chickamauga, Tenn., September 19, 1863, before he was mustered.
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
John L. Graham, Captain, 8th Kansas, for whom the county was named, was killed at the Civil War battle of Chickamauga.
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Graham County.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Nicodemus, Morland, and Hill City
The little town of Gradan has vanished, but some history is available online.
The Union Pacific once followed the Solomon across the county.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Graham County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities & Towns of Graham County

    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Bogue                      179  67625       1888    2050
    Hill City                1,604  67642       1880    2190
    Morland                    164  67650       1886    2310
    Nicodemus                                   1877    2015
    Penokee                         67659               2228
    Roscoe                                              2308
    St. Peter                                           2495
    Smithfield                                          2397
    Togo                                                2368
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Graham County

Solomon Valley U.S. Highway 24 Heritage Alliance
Graham County is one of six counties in the Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance.
The alliance is recording the history of the valley, showing visitors how to find interesting places between Hoxie in the west and Glasco in the east.

Relief in the brick on the Citizens State Bank in Morland, Kansas
  • There is a intriguing relief in the brickwork on the front of the Citizens State Bank in Morland.  A section of that relief is shown in the picture on the right.

Special Events

  • Hill City hosts the Graham County Fair and Rodeo the last weekend in July. For more information about the county fair and other Graham county events, please check out the Community Calendar.

School Systems

Health Care

  • Graham County Hospital   (785) 421-2121
    304 W Prout St. / Hill City, KS 67642




  • Hill City Times   (785) 421-5700
    110 N. Pomeroy / P. O. Box 308 / Hill City, KS 67642-0308

More Data About Graham County

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


Graham County Offices

  • County Clerk   (785) 421-3453
    410 Pomeroy St. / Hill City, KS 67642
  • Sheriff   Emergency - 911
  • Seventeenth Judicial District
  • Extension Service   (785) 421-3411
    410 N Pomeroy, Courthouse / Hill City, KS 67642-1645

Hill City Chamber of Commerce
(785) 421-5621
801 W. Main Street / P.O. Box 155 / Hill City, KS 67642
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