Bourbon County Courthouse
County Seat: Fort Scott
· 15,379 (2000)
· 14,966 (1990)
· 24,712 (1900)
Area: 638 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: BB
Organized in 1855.
County seat Ft. Scott.
Received its name from Bourbon County, Ky.,
the latter having been one of the nine counties
organized in 1785 by the Virginia legislature,
before Kentucky became an independent state.
It was so called as a compliment to the Bourbon
dynasty of France, a prince of that family (then
on the throne) having rendered the American colonies
important aid in men and money in their great struggle
for independence. Colonel Samuel A. Williams,
a native of Bourbon county, Ky., was a member of
the House from Fort Scott in 1855, and it was at
his request that the county was so named.
He was mustered in as Captain of Company I,
Second Kansas Cavalry, November 22, 1861, and
resigned March 28, 1862. He died at his
old home, Fort Scott, in August, 1873.
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 Bourbon County
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Bourbon County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Bourbon County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Bronson 346 66716 1065
Devon 66730 867
Fort Scott 8,297 66701 1842 846
Fulton 184 66738 850
Garland 66741 900
Mapleton 98 66754 878
Pawnee Station 990
Redfield 140 66769 853
Uniontown 288 66779 895
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Bourbon County
- The Victorian mansions along south National street
in Fort Scott are unbelievable.
- The U. S. National No. 1 at Fort Scott is a soldier's
cemetery that is older than Arlingtion National Cemetery.
- The Visitor's Information Center next to the old fort
is a great source for brochures and information about
attractions all over Kansas.
- Downtown Fort Scott has a wonderful assortment of
nineteenth century buildings.
Special Events in Bourbon County
Bourbon County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
- Bronson Public Library (620) 939-4910
411 Clay Street / Bronson, KS 66716
- Fort Scott Public Library (620) 223-2882
Second & National / Fort Scott, KS 66701-1398
- Fort Scott National Historic Site (620) 223-0310
Old Fort Blvd / Fort Scott, KS 66701
Restored frontier Dragoon post with 20 buildings
- Ralph Richards Museum (620) 223-5443
117 S. Main / Fort Scott, KS 66701
- Lyons House (620) 223-0779 1872 Mansion
742 S. National / Fort Scott, KS 66701
More Data About Bourbon County
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Bourbon County Offices
- WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1984) See pages 192-197.
Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce
231 E. Wall St., Fort Scott, KS 66701
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
A service of the Kansas State Library
Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.