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Location
 
 
County Seat: Larned
Founded: 1872
Population:
    · 7,233 (2000)
    · 7,555 (1990)
    · 5,084 (1900)
Area: 755 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: PN  

Pawnee County 

Pawnee County Courthouse in Larned, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell
Pawnee County Courthouse 

History

Map of Pawnee County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1872.  County seat, Larned.  Named for the once powerful tribe of Pawnee Indians, the area of this county having been included in their original hunting grounds.
 
 
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 Pawnee County.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Larned.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Pawnee County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Pawnee County

    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Ash Valley                                          2099
    Burdett                    256  67523               2133
    Frizell                                             2032
    Garfield                   198  67529       1873    2075
    Hamburg                                             2030
    Larned                   4,236  67550       1873    2004
    Ray                                                 1979
    Rozel                      182  67574               2073
    Sanford                                             2054
    Vaughn                                              2150
    Zook                                                2045
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Pawnee County

  • Fort Larned on a quiet afternoon leaves you wondering where are all the soldiers; they play the bugle calls that order the day.
  • The "Trail Ruts" part of the Fort Larned park has impressive ruts, cute prairie dogs, and a taste of the isolation of the big prairie
  • Burdett was the boyhood home of Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of the planet Pluto.

Libraries

  • Burdett Community Library  
    Rte 2 Box 20 / Burdett, KS 67523
  • Jordaan Memorial Library  
    724 Broadway / Larned, KS 67550

Museums

  • Santa Fe Trail Center   (620) 285-2054
    Route 3 / Larned, KS 67550 (2 miles west of Larned on Hwy 156)
     
  • Fort Larned National Historic Site   (620) 285-6911
    Beautifully restored frontier Army post six miles west of Larned on Hwy 156
     
  • Central States Scout Museum   (620) 285-8938 or 285-6427
    815 Broadway / P. O. Box 392 / Larned, KS 67550
    Scouting memorabilia!!! Admission: $1.00 per person.
     
  • Sibley's Camp  
    502 W. Second / Larned, KS 67550

Pawnee County School Systems

  • USD 495 Ft Larned   (620) 285-3185 Larned
  • USD 496 Pawnee Heights   (620) 527-4212 Rozel

Hospitals

Newspapers

  • Tiller & Toiler   (620) 285-3111
    115 W. Fifth / Larned, KS 67550

Other sites about Pawnee County

More Data About Pawnee County

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

Genealogy

Pawnee County Offices

For more about Pawnee County contact:

  • Burdett Community Development Corp.   (620) 525-6267
    Burdett, KS 67523
  • Larned Area Chamber of Commerce   (800) 747-6919
    502 Broadway / P. O. Box 240 / Larned, KS 67550
 
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