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County Seat: Mankato
Founded: 1870
Population:
    ·   3,791 (2000)
    ·   4,251 (1990)
    · 19,420 (1900)
Area: 910 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: JW

Jewell County

Jewell County Courthouse in Mankato, Kansas,  Photo by Susan Howell
Jewell County Courthouse 

 
Map of Jewell County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1870. County seat Mankato. Named in honor of Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis R. Jewell, Sixth Kansas Cavalry, who died November 30, 1862, of wounds received in the battle of Cane Hill, Ark. November 28, 1862.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)

History

William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Jewell County.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Mankato, Jewell, Burr Oak, Ionia, and Esbon.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Jewell County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Jewell County

                 2000 
  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
  1872  1662         265 Burr Oak         66936
        1733             Dentonia
  1887  1848         148 Esbon            66941
  1887  1527         129 Formoso          66942
        1565             Ionia            66949
  1870  1550         483 Jewell           66949
        1555             Lovewell
  1872  1776         976 Mankato          66956
        1650             Montrose
        1860             Northbranch
  1877                 0 Omio (vanished)
        1795             Otego
        1457          90 Randall          66963
  1872                 0 Salem (vanished)
        1670          37 Webber           66970
        1851             Wesley Center
  1871                   White Rock
Census Bureau Profile & Map
 
Lovewell Reservoir in Jewel County

Special Places in Jewell County

  • Lovewell Reservoir in a hilly section of northern Jewell county is one of the prettiest lakes in the state. There's also a state park there.
  • The Ute Theater in downtown Mankato has been refurbished and is showing movies again.
  • The Jewell County Historical Society in Mankato has two large store buildings on Commercial St that are crammed full of exhibits and artifacts.
  • The old stone jail in Mankato is a perfect expression of the optimism that led Kansas to build such ornate public works.
 
 

Jewell County Schools

  • USD 107 Rock Hills (785) 378-3102 Mankato

    Hospitals

    • Jewell County Hospital (785) 378-3137
      100 Crestvue Ave. / Mankato, KS 66956

    Museums

    • Palmer Printing Museum
      104 S. Washington / Jewell, KS 66949
    • Jewell County Historical Museum
      Mankato, KS 66949

    Newspapers

    • Jewell County Dispatch (785) 428-3661
      401 1/2 Main / P.O. Box 234, Jewell, KS 66949
    • Jewell County News (785) 378-3705
      109 E. Main, Mankato, KS 66956
    • Jewell County Record   (785) 378-3705
      115 Main, Mankato, KS 66956

    More Data About Jewell County

    Economic Development
    • Kansas County Profile Reports
      Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
    Health Data

    Genealogy

    Jewell County Offices

    • Jewell County   (785) 378-4020
      307 N. Commercial St. / Mankato, KS 66956
    • Extension Service   (785) 378-3174

    For more about Jewell County contact:

    • Jewell Chamber of Commerce   (785) 428-3600
      316 Delaware / Jewell, KS 66949
 
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