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Kingman County, Kansas

Kingman County was organized by J. F. Fical; J. W. Jordan; G. W. Lacey; H. L. Ball; J. Narmony; W. P. Brown; George Pitts; G. A. Whicher; and R. R. Wilson on February 27, 1874. Named for Judge Samuel B. Kingman of Topeka, it sontains the cities of Cunningham, Norwich, Spivey, Penalosa, Kingman, Nashville and Zenda.

The first church was Methodist, organized in October 1878. It originally met in a schoolhouse. The first county fair was held October 22-23, 1919. The first school district was organized in Kingman City, May 4, 1874. The first school building was constructed on the corner of D and Main streets.

Interesting public figures include Clyde Cessna of Canton Township was founder of the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita. Also Paul Wunsch, one of the state's leading elected officials, served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1937 to 1943, and as Speaker from 1943-1945. He was elected to the Kansas Senate in 1945 and served until 1963. His son Robert currently serves in the Kansas House being first elected in 1983.

In 1848 an army paymaster was attacked by Indians. He buried $40,000 in gold in Chikaskia Township near Nichols Spring. He and all his company were killed, but one lived long enough to tell a trapper where they had hidden the gold. Many have searched for the treasure but it has never been located.

The following are ocal persons or events used as a basis for a novel or short story: Jean Hager, Whispering House, Florence Cates, Till Summer's End and John Bloom, Evidence of Love.

For more information see the Kingman County website. The Kingman Library has a vertical file on county history, books, pamphlets, and other information in its Kansas Room.

Entry: Kingman County, Kansas

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: February 2010

Date Modified: October 2015

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