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Thomas County courthouse in Colby, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell.
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Thomas County

Location of Thomas County in Kansas
County Seat: Colby
Founded: 1885
  · 8,180 (2000)
  · 8,258 (1990)
  · 4,112 (1900)
Area: 1,075 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: TH


Map of Thomas County, KS in 1899
Organized October 8, 1885. County seat Colby. In honor of Major-General George H. Thomas, United States army, who died in 1870.
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)

The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Colby.
There is a section on Thomas County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Thomas County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Thomas County

    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Breton                                              3030
    Brewster                   285  67732               3428
    Brownville                                          3381
    Colby                    5,450  67701       1886    3160
    Gem                         96  67734       1887    3090
    Halford                                             3085
    Levant                          67743               3311
    Menlo                       57  67753       1888    2945
    Mingo                                               3105
    Rexford                    157  67753               2955
    Spica                                               3088
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Thomas County

  • The Thomas County courthouse (1906) is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's an ornate multi-story brick building with a clock tower.
  • The Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby has a sod house, a country church, a one-room school, and the Cooper barn, Kansas' biggest barn.

Special Events in Thomas County

  • The Thomas County Free Fair is held the last week in July.



Thomas County School Systems

Colleges & Universities



More Data About Thomas County

Economic Development Health Data


Web Links

Thomas County Offices

For more about Thomas County contact:

  • Colby Chamber of Commerce   (785) 460-3401
    350 S Range Ave / Colby, KS 67701
  • Colby Convention and Visitors Bureau   (785) 460-7643
    350 S Range Ave / PO Box 572 / Colby, KS 67701
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