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County Seat: Meade
Founded: 1885
    · 4,631   (2000)
    · 4,247   (1990)
    · 1,581   (1900)
Area: 978 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: ME

Meade County

Meade County Courthouse in Meade, Kansas. Photo by Susan Howell.
Meade County Courthouse 


Meade County is part of the High Plains of Kansas: fairly flat and well suited to dry country farming. Early settlers seemed to think they had found the Garden of Eden:
"If there is a more beautiful country than Meade Co. we know it not"
  • The Call, Pearlette (Meade County), Kansas, August 15, 1879
Crooked Creek drains most of the county and the Cimarron River crosses the southwest corner. Highway US 54 follows the railroad diagonally across the the county leading southwest to Liberal. Highway US 160 crosses East/West and state highway K-23 runs North/South.


Map of Meade County, KS in 1899
Organized November 3, 1885.  County seat Meade.  Named in honor of Major-General George C. Meade, United States Army, who died in 1872.
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Both the city and county were named for General George C. Meade (1815-1872), the Union commander at Gettysburg.
O. E. Short and members of his government surveying team were killed in Meade County by Cheyenne Indians in 1874. The six were buried under a lone cottonwood tree that was a well-known trail landmark of the times.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Fowler and Meade.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Meade County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Extracts from Pioneer Stories of Meade County:
(Used by permission of the Meade County Historical Society)

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Meade County

  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
        2723             Collano
  1884  2481         567 Fowler           67844
        2730             Hobart
        2497       1,672 Meade            67864
  1886                   Mertilla
        2697             Missler
  1886                   Pearlette
  1885  2760       1,163 Plains           67869
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Special Places in Meade County

  • The Meade State Lake is 13 miles southwest of Meade off KS-23. There is also a state fish hatchery there.
  • The historical society in Meade has an old school and a collection of old farm implements on Pearlette St in addition to the regular museum.
  • The Dalton Gang hideout in Meade has a tunnel for fast getaways.
  • Plains wide main street has amusingly painted fire hydrants.

Special Events in Meade County

  • Meade celebrates Dalton Days and the Meade County Rodeo in May with a parade, festival, and rodeo.
  • On the third weekend in July, Fowler hosts its 3-day "Threshing Days" celebration.

Meade County School Systems





More Data About Meade County

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



  • Pioneer Stories of Meade County (Meade: Meade County Historical Society. 1985)
  • Sullivan, Frank S. A History of Meade County, Kansas (Topeka: Crane & Co. 1916)
  • WPA The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas ( Lawrence: University Press of Kansas. 1984 )

Meade County Offices

  • Meade County   (620) 873-8700
    200 N. Fowler St., Meade, KS 67864
  • Extension Service   (620) 873-8790
    P.O. Box 369 / 407 E Rainbelt / Meade KS, 67864

For more about Meade County

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