Scott County Courthouse
County Seat: Scott City
· 5,120 (2000)
· 5,289 (1990)
· 1,098 (1900)
Area: 718 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: SC
|Organized in January 29, 1886. Scott is the county seat.
Boundaries defined in 1873. In honor of Major General
Winfield Scott, United States Army, hero of the Mexican War.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
pueblo in northern Scott County was settled by Taos & Picurie Indians
from New Mexico about 1604. They abandoned their settlement, which was a
meeting place for Spanish and French travellers, about 1720. Cheyenne Indians
from Oklahoma under Dull Knife fought the "Squaws Den" battle against Army
troops under the command of William H. Lewis near the site of the pueblo
Scott County's boundaries were defined when it was surveyed in 1873.
The town of Nixon was founded on the site of modern Scott City about
1879, and homesteaders began arriving about 1874 to claim up to 480
acres of free or low cost land from the government. Early towns
named Arcola, Painter, and Zenobia were founded but have vanished.
The county was officially organized in 1886 and named for
General Winfield Scott (1786-1866) who was commander of the U. S. troops
during our war with Mexico. County offices were in the building that
housed the WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union) Reading Room until
a courthouse could be built.
The area had a sort of "boom" when the railroads arrived in 1887. At
one time, Scott City was served by four railroads.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Scott County online including a rich bibliography and
lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Scott County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Modoc 67863 3137
Scott City 3,855 67871 1885 2978
Shallow Water 2949
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Scott County
- White Woman Creek starts in Colorado and disappears into
White Woman Basin. It flows undergound from there into the Arkansas.
The abundant underground water was one of the features that
made the area to attractive to early settlers.
- The El Cuartelejo pueblo ruins, built about 1604 by Taos Indians
from New Mexico, has been reconstructed and it became a National
Historic Landmark on July 7, 1964
- Scott State Park offers a
beautiful lake with camping, swimmming, and fishing.
- There's a nice bronze statue entitled "Cattleman's Harvest" in front
of the Security State Bank in Scott City.
- The little town of Pence has almost vanished, but enough survives
that there is a sign near the state park that points to it.
- Modoc in the western part of the county isn't very large any more,
but it has a wide divided main street. Early city boosters must have
had grand visions.
Special Events in Scott County
- The Scott County Fair, Rodeo, and Beefiesta is held in mid-July in Scott City.
- The Lake Scott Rod Run and Show attracts hot rod enthusiasts to the City Park in Scott City on the third weekend of August.
- The Whimmydiddle Arts & Crafts Fair at Scott City brings over 300 exhibitors to the City Park. It's held on the last Saturday in September.
Scott County School Systems
More Data About Scott County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
- History of Early Scott County (Scott City: Scott County
Historical Society. 1977)
Scott County Offices
- Scott County (620) 872-2420
303 Court St. / Scott City, KS 67871
- Extension Service (620) 872-2930
Courthouse, 303 Court St / Scott City, KS 67871-1157
For more about Scott County contact:
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.