Greenwood County Courthouse
County Seat: Eureka
· 7,673 (2000)
· 7,487 (1990)
· 16,196 (1900)
Area: 1135 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: GW
Organized in 1862.
County seat Eureka.
This county received its name as a compliment
to Alfred B. Greenwood, who, about the time of the
organization of the territory, was commissioner of
Indian Affairs. He negotiated treaties on behalf of
the United States with the Sac and Fox and other tribes
in southern Kansas.|
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Legend has it that the Greek philosopher/scientist Archimedes said "Eureka"
(Greek for "I have found it") when he first figured out why things float
while he was bathing.
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas
, first published in 1883, tells about early Greenwood County
There is a section on Greenwood 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
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Greenwood County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns & Villages of Greenwood County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Blodgett 1888 1453
Climax 64 67137 1884 1040
Eureka 2,914 67045 1861 1084
Fall River 156 67047 1879 930
Hamilton 334 66853 1889 1098
Hilltop 1873 1020
Kenbro 1928 1427
Lamont 66855 1857 1125
Madison 857 66860 1879 1100
Neal 66863 1882 940
Piedmont 67122 1215
Quincy 1879 945
Reece 1882 1220
Rocky Ford 940
Severy 359 67137 1870 1120
Teterville 1921 1590
Thrall 1922 1371
Tonovay 1875 1060
Utopia 1879 1131
Virgil 113 66870 1857 1000
Census Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Greenwood County
- The three-arch stone bridge (at right) is located 4 miles north and 1 mile west of the Piedmont turnoff from Hwy 96.
- Horse racing at Eureka Downs has a long history with rich traditions.
- Much of Greenwood County is in the Flint Hills.
Crossing the prairie on a narrow dirt road offers a feeling of solitude
that is hard to achieve anywhere else.
During late spring, the wildflowers are magnificent.
- Fall River Reservoir in southern Greenwood county is one of Kansas'
larger lakes. Built and maintained by the Corps of Engineers, it offers
fishing, hunting, water sports, camping, and lots of wildlife.
- Toronto Lake is in an area with unusual geology. Rocky little
canyons filled with oak trees offer great scenery.
- Eureka Public Library (620) 583-6222
522 N. Main St., Eureka, KS 67045
- Hamilton City Library
13 E Main / P. O. Box 128, Hamilton, KS 66853
- Madison Public Library
112 S First, Madison, KS 66860
Greenwood County School Systems
- Eureka Herald (620) 583-5721
106 W. Second / P. O. Box 188 / Eureka, KS 67045
- Madison News
More Data About Greenwood County
- Greenwood County Economic Development Council (620) 583-8177
- Kansas County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, ther University of Kansas
Greenwood County Offices
For more about Greenwood County contact:
- Eureka Chamber of Commerce (620) 583-5452
112 N. Main / Eureka, KS 67045
- Eureka Economic Development Council (620) 583-6140
P. O. Box 68 / Eureka, KS 67045
- Greenwood County Council on Aging (620) 583-5453
209 North Oak, Eureka, KS 67045 (Eureka Senior Center)
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.