County Seat: Pratt
· 9,647 (2000)
· 9,702 (1990)
· 7,085 (1900)
Area: 735 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: PR
Pratt County Courthouse
Organized in 1873.
County seat Iuka, but not recognized in
consequence of frauds. Pratt is now
the county seat. Organized constitutionally
in 1879. Named in memory of Caleb Pratt,
Second Lieutenant of Company D, First Kansas
Infantry, killed in action August 10, 1861 at
Wilson's creek, Mo.
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 Pratt County
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Pratt County online including a rich bibliography and
lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Pratt County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Byers 50 67021 2006
Coats 112 67028 1887 1970
Cullison 98 1886 2040
Iuka 185 67066 1950
Pratt 6,570 67124 1884 1890
Preston 164 67569 1840
Sawyer 124 67134 1887 1910
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Pratt County
- Lemon Park, close to downtown Pratt, is a beautiful park and was home to the Kansas Sampler Festival in 1998 and 1999.
- Byers has a nice Methodist church built in 1947 from three kinds of brick and a tiny frame city hall. It also has an amazing number of junked cars, trucks, and strange machinery.
- Iuka is impressively prosperous. The grade school (USD 382) is still open, the bank and post office downtown look new, the elevators and farm supply store are going strong, and there are two cafes. Northeast of town the land is flat with oil wells everywhere.
- There is a roadside park beside K-61 in Preston.
- The Barron Theater is a grand old Moorish castle stuck on a Kansas street.
- West of Cairo, there used to be a little stucco tower on the south side of US-54. It was an old "tourist attraction" gas station that disappeared when the highway was improved.
Pratt County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
- Pratt Tribune (620) 672-5511
320 S. Main / P. O. Box 909, Pratt, KS 67124
More Data About Pratt County
- Fitzgerald, Daniel Faded Dreams : More Ghost Towns of Kansas ( University Press of Kansas. 1994)
- WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1984 )
Pratt County Offices
For more about Pratt County contact:
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.