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Woodson County, Kansas

Woodson County was one of the original 33 counties organized by the Territorial Legislature in 1855, organized on May 22, 1858, by J. W. Dow; C. J. Cocran; William Phillips; and Charles Cameron.

Named for Daniel Woodson, acting governor of Kansas Territory, it contains the cities of Neosho Falls, Toronto and Yates Center.

The dates of the first church and school established in the county are unknown. The first fair, as stated above, was in 1879. President Rutherford B. Hayes, Mrs. Hayes, General William T. Sherman, and Governor John P. St. John attended the first county fair held in Neosho Falls on September 25, 1879.

Interesting sites in the county are the Woodson Hotel and the Woodson Museum (first church building).

For more information see the Woodson County website. The Woodson County Historical Society has many sources relating to the county, and publishes an historical quarterly titled In The Beginning.

Entry: Woodson County, Kansas

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: February 2010

Date Modified: May 2012

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