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Phillips County Courthouse in Phillipsburg.  Photo by Susan Howell.
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Phillips County

Phillips County, Kansas
 
County Seat: Phillipsburg
Founded: 1872
Population:
    ·   6,001 (2000)
    ·   6,590 (1990)
    · 14,442 (1900)
Area: 887 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: PL 

 

History

Map of Phillips County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1872.  County seat, Phillipsburg.  Named in memory of William Phillips, a Free-State martyr, murdered September 1, 1856, in Leavenworth.
 
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 Phillips County.
 
There is a section on Phillips County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Agra, Kirwin, Logan, Long Island, Phillipsburg, Prairie View, Stuttgart, and Woodruff.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Phillips County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Phillips County

                 2000
  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
        1851         306 Agra             67621
        1811         114 Glade            67639
        1870             Gretna
        1696         229 Kirwin           67644
  1872  1970         603 Logan            67646
  1871  2071         155 Long Island      67647
  1872  1951       2,668 Phillipsburg     67661
        2200         141 Prairie View     67664
  1895  1900          44 Speed
        1986             Stuttgart        67670
        2003             Woodruff
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Phillips County

  • Old Fort Bissell, located in a Phillipsburg park, offers a visit to a frontier community.
  • The Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge and the Kirwin Lake make the area around Phillipsburg famous for its goose hunting and bird watching.
  • The limestone Logan Episcopal Church at 210 Washington was built in 1890. (689-4846)

Special Events in Phillips County

  • Phillipsburg celebrates its "Riverless" festival the first weekend in June.
  • The Phillips County Fair is held the first weekend in August.   "Kansas' Biggest Rodeo" is held in conjunction with the fair.
  • Logan has an annual arts and crafts fair on the third Saturday in September on the grounds of the amazing Dane G. Hansen Museum. Logan also celebrates Labor Day in a big way.

Phillips County School Systems

  • USD 212 Northern Valley   (785) 669-2445 Long Island & Almena
  • USD 324 Eastern Heights   (785) 638-2244 Agra
  • USD 325 Phillipsburg   (785) 543-5281 Phillipsburg
  • USD 326 Logan   (785) 689-7595 Logan

Hospitals

  • Phillips County Hospital   (785) 543-5226
    Hwy 36 / Phillipsburg, KS 67661

Museums

  • Dane G. Hansen Museum   (785) 689-4846
    Logan, KS 67646
  • Old Fort Bissell Museum   (785) 543-6212
    City Park / Phillipsburg, KS 67661
    Sod house, log house, schoolhouse, & depot

Newspapers

  • Logan Republican (785) 689-4339
    101 E. Main / Logan, KS 67646
  • Phillips County Review (785) 543-5242
    683 Third Street / Phillipsburg, KS 67661

More Data About Phillips 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

  • WPA. The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, reprint 1984)   See tour 1, page 320

Phillips County Offices

 
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Phillips County CVB
(800) 543-2321
270 State Street / Phillipsburg, KS 67661

 
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