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Gray County, Kansas

Date Established: March 13, 1881
Date Organized: July 20, 1887
Location: Kansas map showing location of Gray County
County Seat: Cimarron
Origin of Name: Named for Alfred Gray (1830-1880), secretary of the Kansas Board of Agriculture.
History: Gray was created by combining Foote County with the southern half of Buffalo County.

Cimarron and Ingalls were rival candidates for the county seat. The voting took place on 31 Oct 1885 and both towns claimed victory. Both were armed to the teeth, and the governor was forced to send a detachment of militia to keep the peace. The county offices were moved to Ingalls in 1887, but after several rounds of litigation Cimarron emerged the winner.
Cities & Townships
PlacePopulation (2020 census)
Cimarron Township  2,418 
Copeland Township  502 
East Hess Township  335 
Foote Township  131 
Hess Township  (Defunct)  
Ingalls Township  564 
Logan Township  163 
Montezuma Township  1,540 
Richland Township  (Defunct)  
West Hess Township  (Defunct)  
Total population: 5,653 

Township map of Gray County, 2000
1890 (2,415)
1900 (1,264)
1910 (3,121)
1920 (4,711)
1930 (6,211)
1940 (4,773)
1950 (4,894)
1960 (4,380)
1970 (4,516)
1980 (5,138)
1990 (5,396)
2000 (5,904)
2010 (6,006)
2020 (5,653)
Other Resources: Post offices in Gray County
Cemeteries in Gray County, As of 1906
Newspapers Available on Microfilm
Townships and Independent Cities in Gray County
Kansas Memory
Links to Other Sites: Gray County GenWeb
Early Kansas Maps [KanColl]
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