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Location
 
County Seat: Independence 
Founded: 1869
Population:
    36,252  (2000)
    38,816  (1990)
    29,039  (1900)
Area: 646 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: MG

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Courthouse in Independence, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.
Montgomery County Courthouse 

History

Map of Montgomery County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1869.  County seat, Independence.  Named for Gen. Richard Montgomery, born in Ireland, December 2, 1736; was an officer of distinction in the British Army; resigned and settled in New York State in 1773; was appointed one of the eight generals to command the revolutionary army, in 1775; was killed in the attack on Quebec, December 31, 1775, shouting, "Death or Liberty!"
 
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 Montgomery County.
 
There is a section on Montgomery County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Caney, Cherryvale. Coffeyville, Independence, Tyro.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Montgomery County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Montgomery County

                 2000
  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
         726             Avian
         807             Blake
         826             Bolton
  1871   770       2,092 Caney            67333
  1871   850       2,386 Cherryvale       67335
  1869   736      11,021 Coffeyville      67337
         854             Corbin (historical)
         787             Crane
         770         415 Dearing          67340
         835         305 Elk City         67344
         791             Fruitland
         760          86 Havana           67347
  1870   826       9,846 Independence     67301
         797             Jefferson
         804             Le Hunt
         750          95 Liberty          67351
         730             Owen
         840             Sycamore         67363
         891         226 Tyro             67364
         877             Wayside
         750             West Coffeyville
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Montgomery County

Special Events in Montgomery County

  • The Kansas Sampler Festival brings Kansans together to discover what there is to see and do in Kansas.  Independence is hosting the festival the first weekend in May in 2002 and 2003.
  • Coffeyville's Dalton Defenders' Days recall the raid on the town by the Dalton Gang.  It's held in October every year.
  • Independence's Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards) in late October is one of the largest festivals in Kansas, with Broadway musicals, a carnival, presentations by great regional talent on street stages, performances by well known national recording musical artists in Memorial Hall, contests and parades.

Libraries

Museums

  • Caney Valley Historical Museum  (620) 879-2210
    P. O. Box 354 / Fourth & Wood, Caney, KS 67333
  • Cherryvale Museum  (620) 336-3576
    215 East 4th Cherryvale, Kansas 67335
  • Brown Mansion  (620) 251-0431
    Eldridge & Walnut / Coffeyville, KS
  • Coffeyville Aviation Heritage Museum
    P.O. Box 774, Coffeyville, Ks 67337
  • Dalton Defenders Museum   (620) 251-5944
    113 E. 8th Street (downtown), Coffeyville, KS 67337
  • Independence Historical Museum   (620) 331-3515
    8th & Myrtle / Independence, KS 67301
    • Historical Research Center   (620) 779-0496
      PO Box 294 / Independence, KS 67301 / hrc@ihmac.org
      Established in 2013 to collect and preserve information from Independence and Montgomery County 1870's to present time, to enable genealogical and historical research.
  • Independence Science & Technology Center   (620) 331-1999, or toll free 1-888-312-1999
    125 S. Penn Ave., Independence, KS 67301
  • Montgomery County Historical Society 
    1 Riverside Park Shelter House, Independence, KS 67301

Montgomery County School Systems

Vocational/Technical Training

  • Technical Division - Coffeyville Community College  (620) 251-3910
    600 Roosevelt / Coffeyville, KS / 67337
  • ICC West - Independence Community College  (620) 331-4100
    2615 W. Main / Independence, KS 67301

Colleges & Universities

Hospitals

Newspapers

  • Coffeyville Journal   (620) 251-3300
    P. O. Box 849 / Coffeyville, KS 67337
  • Independence Daily Reporter  (620) 331-3550
    320 N. Sixth / Independence, KS 67301
  • Independence News Publishing Co.   (620) 331-4950
    210 W. Main, Independence, KS 67301
  • Montgomery County Chronicle
    Cherryvale Office   (620) 336-2100
    115 N. Labette / P.O. Box 156
    Caney Office   (620) 879-2156
    202 W. Fourth / P.O. Box 186 / Caney, KS 67333
  • Reporter Publishing Co., Inc.   (620) 331-3550
    320 N 6th, Independence, KS 67301

More Data About Montgomery County

Economic Development Health Data

Genealogy

References

  • WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1984 )

Montgomery County Offices

  • Montgomery County (620) 330-1200 (Clerk)
    P. O. Box 446 / 217 E. Myrtle / Independence, KS 67301
  • Extension Service (620) 331-2690
    410 Peter Pan Road, Suite B / Independence, KS 67301-9309

For more about Montgomery County contact:

   
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