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Records from Scott County

Creator: Scott County (Kan.)

Date: 1953 - 1976

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 217016

Abstract: The Kansas State Archives holds two volumes from the Scott County Court, concerned with complaints and docketing crimes. These records come from the middle of the 20th century. Also in the collection are 2 reels of microfilmed surveying records from the county Register of Deeds Office and 6 reels of microfilm of civil and criminal proceedings dockets from the county court.

Space Required/Quantity: 2 volumes + 8 microfilm reels ; 35mm.

Title (Main title): Records from Scott County

Administrative History

Administrative History: Prior to coming under United States control, the region that became Scott County had already been occupied. The El Quarteljo pueblo in northern Scott County was settled by Taos and Picurie Indians from New Mexico about 1604. They abandoned their settlement, which was a meeting place for Spanish and French travelers, about 1720. Cheyenne Indians from Oklahoma under Dull Knife fought the "Squaws Den" battle against Army troops under the command of William H. Lewis near the site of the pueblo in 1874.

Scott County, located in central-western Kansas, had its boundaries established in 1873 but was not organized until 1886. The county was named for General Winfield Scott, hero of the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War, commander of U.S. forces in the Mexican War, and the first general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War.

The town of Nixon was founded on the site of modern Scott City about 1879, and homesteaders began arriving about 1874 to claim up to 480 acres of free or low cost land from the government. Early towns named Arcola, Painter, and Zenobia were founded but have vanished. The area had a sort of "boom" when the railroads arrived in 1887. At one time, Scott City was served by four railroads.

Scott City is the county seat. Townships include Beaver, Isbel, Keystone, Lake, Michigan, Scott, and Valley Township.

[Kansas State Historical Society. "Kansas Counties -- Scott County, Kansas." http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/places/counties.php?county=SC (accessed 26 June 2009).]

[Kansas State Library. "Scott County." http://www.skyways.org/counties/SC/ (accessed 26 June 2009).]


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Index Terms


    Scott County (Kan.) -- History
    County courts -- Kansas -- Scott County -- Records and correspondence

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

    Local Government Agencies. Scott County.