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Lincoln County, Kansas

The county of Lincoln, named for the late president, contains the cities of Barnard, Lincoln Center, Beverly and Sylvan Grove. The county was founded on October 4, 1870, by Charles, William and Marion Chase; Richard Clark; James Adams; Isaac DeGraff; Edward Johnson; William E. Thompson; and Darius Skinner.

The Indian raids of the 1860s and 1870s withheld settlement of the county. In 1868 a detachment of the Seventh United States Cavalry under Colonel William Benteen was stationed in the county to offer protection.

William Reeder served as a Congressman from the county from 1899 to 1911.

For more information see the Lincoln County website.

Entry: Lincoln 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: October 2015

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