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Location
 
County Seat: Beloit
Founded: 1870
Population:
    ·   6,932 (2000)
    ·   7,203 (1990)
    · 14,647 (1900)
Area: 717 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: MC 

Mitchell County

Mitchell County courthouse in Beloit, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell.

History

Map of Mitchell County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1870.  County seat, Beloit.  In honor of William D. Mitchell who entered the Union army as a private in Company K, Second Kansas Cavalry; was promoted to Captain in the Second Kentucky Cavalry, and killed March 10, 1865 at Monroe's Cross Road, N. C.
 
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 Mitchell County.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Mitchell County towns: Beloit, Simpson, Tipton, & Waconda Springs.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Mitchell County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
 
More history on the towns of Mitchell County is available:
 
Asherville
Beloit
Cawker City
Glen Elder
  Hunter
Simpson
Scottsville
Solomon Rapids
  Tipton
Victor
Waconda
Waconda Springs

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Mitchell County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Asherville                                  1866    1346
    Beloit                   4,019  67420       1866    1386
    Blue Hill                                           1670
    Cawker City                521  67430       1871    1500
    Gilbert                                             1432
    Glen Elder                 439  67446       1871    1424
    Hunter                      77  67452       1915    1600
    Scottsville                 21  67420               1560
    Simpson                    114  67478       1871    1337
    Solomon Rapids                                      1393
    Tipton                     243  67485       1872    1604
    Victor                                              1489
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Mitchell County

Solomon Valley U.S. Highway 24 Heritage Alliance
Mitchell 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.

  • Old service station in Glen Elder, KansasThe heart of downtown in Glen Elder is the main square called Wilson-Neff Park.  It's a shady square with a copy of the Statue of Liberty.  Many fine old post rock buildings surround the park. There's also a wonderful "castle" made of post rock that was orginally built as a big service station & garage.  The ornate architecture and craftsmanship make it a good place to stop and take pictures.
  • Waconda Spring, now flooded by Waconda Lake, was a natural landmark in this area.  A historical marker describes the legend associated with it and a historical village is being recreated at the state park.
  • Vera's Bar in Hunter is a unique institution.  The owner is somewhere between 65 and 105, and will sing at the slightest provocation.
  • The view from the hill three or four miles north of Hunter is one of the best ways to see the unique beauty of this part of Kansas
  • Yep, Cawker City sure does have a big ball of twine.  Started in 1953, the ball is now over 40 feet around and weighs over 8 tons.
  • Downtown Beloit is jammed with neat old buildings.  The Chamber of Commerce has a tour guide brochure to help you enjoy it. 
  • Beloit has two homes on the National Register of Historic Places: the Miller residence at 304 E. Main and the Reiter home at 422 W. Eighth.  Unfortunately neither is open for tours.  Beloit has four other buildings registered also: St. John's Catholic Church, the Mitchell County Courthouse, the Little Red Schoolhouse, and the Mitchell County Museum.

Special Events in Mitchell County

  • Waconda Lake is the site of the annual Governor's Cup Walleye Tournament in May.
  • In June, Beloit hosts the Kansas 8-Man All Star Football Game - two divisions.
  • Annual takeoff on the Mariner Classic Walleye Tournament is held at Waconda Lake in June.
  • Beloit has an annual Homecoming Weekend on Memorial Day Weekend.
  • July Fireworks are sponsored by the Eagles (Aerie) and are held the first week of July at Waconda Lake.
  • The Mitchell County Fair is held in July.
  • St. John's Harvest Festival is in July in Beloit.
  • During the annual Cawker City Twine-A-Thon in August, additional twine is added to the giant ball.
  • Glen Elder celebrates Fun Day in August.
  • The annual Tipton picnic is held in August.
  • Mitchell Co. Jr. Miss in Beloit is in Beloit in October.
  • Solomon Arts & Craft Show is held in the Municipal Building in Beloit, last Saturday in October.
  • On Veteran's Day, November 11, Beloit celebrates with a parade.
  • The day after Thanksgiving is the start of the Chautauqua Isle of Lights in Chautauqua Park in Beloit. It is open every night thru December 30th.
  • Also in December, Beloit has the Community Christmas Concert with choirs, narrators and orchestra.

Libraries

Museums

  • Mitchell County Museum   (785) 738-5355
    402 W. Eighth, Beloit, KS 67420

Colleges

School Systems

Hospitals

Newspapers

  • Beloit Call   (785) 738-3537
    119 E. Main, Beloit, KS 67420
  • Cawker City Ledger   (785) 781-4831

More Data About Mitchell County

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

Genealogy

References

  • Muilenburg, G. & Swinford, A. Land of the Post Rock (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1975)

Mitchell County Offices

For more about Mitchell County contact:

 
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