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Norton County, Kansas

Date Established: February 26, 1867
Date Organized: August 22, 1872
Location: Kansas map showing location of Norton County
County Seat: Norton
Origin of Name: In memory of Capt. Orloff Norton of Co. L, 15th Kansas Cavalry, who was killed by guerillas near Cane Hill, Ark., on 11 Nov 1864.
History: The county was organized largely at the behest of N.H. Billings, who presented a forged petition to the governor, followed by a largely fictitious census. Once the governor issued the proclamation of organization, naming Billingsville the temporary county seat, Billings returned to the county and in the first election in Sept. 1872 was elected state representative, county attorney, and county superintendent of schools. During the 1873 session, the legislature making sport of Billings's vanity renamed the county in his honor; the next year, the name of Norton was restored.
Cities & Townships
PlacePopulation (2020 census)
Aldine Township  (Defunct)  
Almelo Township  (Defunct)  
Almena-District 4 Township  508 
Almena Township  (Defunct)  
Belle Plaine Township  (Defunct)  
Center-District 1 Township  1,521 
Center Township  (Defunct)  
Clayton Township  (Defunct)  
Crystal Township  (Defunct)  
Emmett Township  (Defunct)  
Garfield Township  (Defunct)  
Grant Township  (Defunct)  
Harrison-District 6 Township  (Defunct)  
Highland-District 2 Township  546 
Highland Township  (Defunct)  
Lenora Township  (Defunct)  
Leota Township  (Defunct)  
Lincoln Township  (Defunct)  
Modell Township  (Defunct)  
Noble Township  (Defunct)  
Norton (city)  2,747 
Orange Township  (Defunct)  
Rock Branch Township  (Defunct)  
Rockwell Township  (Defunct)  
Sand Creek Township  (Defunct)  
Solomon-District 3 Township  137 
Solomon Township  (Defunct)  
West Union Township  (Defunct)  
Total population: 5,459 

Township map of Norton County, 2000
1880 (6,998)
1890 (10,617)
1900 (11,325)
1910 (11,614)
1920 (11,423)
1930 (11,701)
1940 (9,831)
1950 (8,808)
1960 (8,035)
1970 (7,279)
1980 (6,689)
1990 (5,947)
2000 (5,953)
2010 (5,671)
2020 (5,459)
Other Maps: Township map, 1940
Other Resources: Post offices in Norton County
Cemeteries in Norton County, As of 1906
Newspapers Available on Microfilm
Townships and Independent Cities in Norton County
Kansas Memory
Links to Other Sites: Norton County GenWeb
Early Kansas Maps [KanColl]
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