Russell County Courthouse
County Seat: Russell
· 7,370 (2000)
· 7,835 (1990)
· 8,489 (1900)
Area: 869 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: RS
|Organized in 1872. County Seat, Russell.
In memory of Avrah P. Russell, Captain, Company K, Second
Kansas Cavalry, who died December 12, 1862 in field hospital
near Prairie Grove, Ark., of wounds received in battle December 7,
1862 at Prairie Grove.
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 Russell County.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
historical data for Russell County online including a rich bibliography and
lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Russell County
Year Elev Population Name ZIP
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1860 101 Bunker Hill 67626
1730 205 Dorrance 67634
1876 1690 Fairport
1914 360 Gorham 67540
1877 1500 436 Lucas 67648
1570 203 Luray 67649
1889 1695 64 Paradise 67658
1871 1826 4,696 Russell 67665
1888 1711 48 Waldo 67673
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Russell County
Special Events in Russell County
- The "Garden of Eden" in Lucas offers a unique view of the universe
through the statues and Buildings created by S.P. Dinsmoor.
- The stone Saint Mary's Church in Gorham was dedicated in 1898.
- The log cabin in the roadside park in Luray was the first
house in Russell County.
- Paradise has a "Post Rock" limestone water tower, built in 1937,
that holds 50,000 gallons.
- Lake Wilson offers over 9,000 acres of water and 100 miles of shoreline for outdoor recreation lovers.
- The newly designated Post Rock Scenic Byway provides
travelers with a panoramic view of North Central Kansas.
- The Russell County Free Fair is held every summer
at the Russell County 4-H Fairgrounds in Russell.
- Russell Main Street sponsors Christmas Fest which
includes a lighted parade.
Russell County School Systems
- Deines Cultural Center 785-483-3742
820 North Main, Russell, KS 67655
Monthly shows of regional artists; rotating exhibit of the wood engravings of E. Hubert Deines
- Dorrance Historical Society Museum 785-666-4415
531 Main Street, Dorrance, KS 67634
Located in the "Reiff building" - Open by appointment
- Fossil Station Museum (785) 483-3637
331 Kansas St / Russell, KS 67655
In old Russell county jail
- Garden of Eden (785) 525-6395
2nd & Kansas / Lucas, KS 67648
- Grassroots Art Center 785-525-6118
213 S. Main Street / Lucas, Kansas
- Oil Patch Museum (785) 483-6640
I-70 & US 281 / Russell, KS 67665
Covers history of the oil industry in Kansas
- Lucas-Sylvan News
- Russell Daily News (785) 483-2116
802 N. Maple / Russell, KS 67665
- Russell Record (785) 483-2111
802 N. Maple / Russell, KS 67665
More Data About Russell County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Russell County Offices
More Information About Russell County
Russell County Convention & Visitors Bureau
610 Main / Russell, KS 67665
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.