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Location of Rooks County, KS
County Seat: Stockton
Founded: 1872
    · 5,685 (2000)
    · 6,039 (1990)
    · 7,960 (1900)
Area: 888 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: RO 



Rooks County

Rooks County Courthouse in Stockton, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell.
Rooks County Courthouse 


Map of Rooks County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1872.  Stockton.  In memory of John C. Rooks, private of Company I, Eleventh Kansas Infantry, who died December 11, 1862, at Fayetteville, Ark., of wounds received in the battle of Prairie Grove, December 7, 1862.
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
The Rooks County courthouse was designed by architect Frank C. Squires and was built during the period from 1921-1924.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Plainville, Stockton, Webster, and Woodston
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Ottawa County.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Rooks County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
More History of Rooks County

Burial Records for Rural Cemeteries
Chalk Mound   Spring Branch

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Rooks County

     Town          Population   ZIP        Year Elevation
     ============  ==========  =====       ==== =========
     Codell                    67630              1985
     Damar                155  67632       1888   2106
     Laton                                        2076
     Palco                248  67657       1877   2280
     Plainville         2,029  67663       1888   2143
     Stockton           1,558  67669              1792
     Webster                0              1885   1856
     Woodston             116  67675       1885   1712
     Zurich               126  67676
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Rooks County

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

  • Webster Reservoir in western Rooks County provides excellent hunting and fishing as well as a variety of recreation activities such as boating, swimming, hiking, and special events.
  • Plainville Township Lake and Rooks County State Lake provide for additional fishing opportunities.
  • The old log hotel and the Frank Walker Museum offer and interesting view of Stockton's History.

Rooks County School Systems





  • Plainville Times   (785) 434-4525
    400 W. Mills / Plainville, KS
  • Stockton Sentinel   (785) 425-6354
    414 Main / Stockton, KS

More Data About Rooks County

Economic Development Health Data


Rooks County Offices

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