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Woodson County, Kansas

Date Established: August 25, 1855
Date Organized:
Location: Kansas map showing location of Woodson County
County Seat: Yates Center
Origin of Name: Most likely named for Daniel Woodson (1824-1894), who served as secretary of Kansas Territory, 1854-1857, including four stints as acting governor. Some other sources suggest it was named for Silas Woodson (1819-1896), a lawyer and politician in St. Joseph, Missouri, who served as governor of that state in the 1870s.
History: Neosho Falls was the original county seat (1858-1873). Kalida was the seat from 1873 to 1874, when it moved to Defiance. Yates Center became the seat after the election of 12 Sept 1876.
Cities & Townships
PlacePopulation (2010 census)
Belmont Township  (Defunct)  
Center Township  527 
Eminence Township  (Defunct)  
Everett Township  (Defunct)  
Liberty Township  176 
Neosho Falls Township  457 
North Township  61 
Owl Creek Township  (Defunct)  
Perry Township  104 
Toronto Township  567 
Yates Center (city)  1,417 
Total population: 3,309 

Township map of Woodson County, 2000
Population:
1860 (1,488)
1870 (3,827)
1880 (6,535)
1890 (9,021)
1900 (10,022)
1910 (9,450)
1920 (8,984)
1930 (8,526)
1940 (8,014)
1950 (6,711)
1960 (5,423)
1970 (4,789)
1980 (4,600)
1990 (4,116)
2000 (3,788)
2010 (3,309)
Other Resources: Post offices in Woodson County
Cemeteries in Woodson County, As of 1906
Newspapers Available on Microfilm
Townships and Independent Cities in Woodson County
Bibliography
Kansas Memory
Links to Other Sites: Woodson County page [Blue Skyways]
Woodson County GenWeb
Early Kansas Maps [KanColl]
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