Haskell County is "High Plains" country; it's one of Kansas' flattest with grain crops alternating with feedlots and pastureland. One of the best illustrations of the climate is the absolutely treeless golf course west of Satanta. The valley of the (usually dry) Cimarron River cuts across the extreme southwest corner of the county.
The US 56 and tracks of the Cimarron Valley railroad (once part of the Santa Fe) run side-by-side across the county serving the larger towns. US 83 runs arrow straight North and South. US 160 connects highway 56 with Ulysses.
The route of the Santa Fe trail cuts across the northern part of Haskell County, intersecting US 83 about five miles north of US 160.
The first county seat of Haskell county was Santa Fe, which won over Ivanhoe when the county was being organized. It was named for Dudley C. Haskell, a U. S. Congressman from Kansas. Lack of any railroads hampered the growth of the county. Freight and produce had to be hauled by wagon to Garden City, the nearest point on a railroad. Finally, in 1912 the AT&SF built a line from Dodge City to Elkhart. The new line missed the town of Santa Fe by seven miles.
Sublette and Satanta were soon thriving along the new line and an election was held in 1913 to select a new county seat. This was the first county election in which all Kansas women were eligible to vote. The county seat was moved to Sublette in 1920 after another hotly contested election. See Ghost Towns of Kansas, page 292, for more about the town of Santa Fe.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Haskell County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Haskell County
Year Elev Population Name ZIP ==== ==== ========== ================ ===== 1522 Orsemus 1886 0 Santa Fe 1912 2956 1,239 Satanta 67870 1912 2918 1,592 Sublette 67877 2863 Tice
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