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Coordinates: 39°21′N 99°53′W / 39.35°N 99.883°W / 39.35; -99.883

Graham County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Graham County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 26, 1887
Seat Hill City
Largest City Hill City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

899 sq mi (2,328 km²)
899 sq mi (2,328 km²)
0.2 sq mi (1 km²), 0.03%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

2,597
2.9/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: John L. Graham

Graham County (county code GH) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 2,597. Its county seat and most populous city is Hill City. The county is home to Nicodemus, founded 1877, which is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the American Civil War.

History

Early history

See also: History of Kansas

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. Graham County was organized in 1880. In 1887, Graham County was established and named for Captain John L. Graham, a Union soldier killed in action at the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee on September 19, 1863.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 899 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 899 square miles (2,330 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water.

Graham County roughly contains 3600 quarter sections, and is the fourth county east of Colorado line and the second county south of the Nebraska line. The 100th meridian west passes nearly through its center. The average elevation in the county is 2,700 feet (820 m) above sea level. It is intersected by the south fork of Solomon River, and drained by Saline River.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Nicodemus National Historic Site

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 4,258
1890 5,029 18.1%
1900 5,173 2.9%
1910 8,700 68.2%
1920 7,624 −12.4%
1930 7,772 1.9%
1940 6,071 −21.9%
1950 5,020 −17.3%
1960 5,586 11.3%
1970 4,751 −14.9%
1980 3,995 −15.9%
1990 3,543 −11.3%
2000 2,946 −16.9%
2010 2,597 −11.8%
Est. 2015 2,591 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 2,946 people, 1,263 households, and 847 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,553 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.91% White, 3.22% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 1,263 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 30.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.50% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 23.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,286, and the median income for a family was $38,036. Males had a median income of $26,642 versus $18,222 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,050. About 8.60% of families and 11.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Graham Co, Ks, USA
2005 KDOT Map of Graham County (map legend)

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

  • Fagan
  • Gettysburg
  • Roscoe
  • Smithfield
  • Springfield
  • Togo

Townships

Graham County is divided into thirteen townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Allodium 01325 46 0 (1) 175 (67) 0 (0) 0.06% 39°29′23″N 100°4′42″W / 39.48972°N 100.07833°W / 39.48972; -100.07833
Bryant 08850 115 0 (1) 233 (90) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°11′22″N 100°5′7″W / 39.18944°N 100.08528°W / 39.18944; -100.08528
Gettysburg 26175 83 0 (1) 227 (88) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°23′11″N 100°1′50″W / 39.38639°N 100.03056°W / 39.38639; -100.03056
Graham 27175 53 0 (1) 186 (72) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°31′3″N 99°47′51″W / 39.5175°N 99.7975°W / 39.5175; -99.7975
Happy 29950 72 0 (1) 233 (90) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°12′17″N 99°53′7″W / 39.20472°N 99.88528°W / 39.20472; -99.88528
Hill City 32200 Hill City 1,747 16 (41) 112 (43) 0 (0) 0.15% 39°22′17″N 99°50′29″W / 39.37139°N 99.84139°W / 39.37139; -99.84139
Indiana 34000 42 0 (1) 174 (67) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°29′28″N 99°57′59″W / 39.49111°N 99.96639°W / 39.49111; -99.96639
Millbrook 46625 150 1 (2) 159 (62) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°19′1″N 99°55′2″W / 39.31694°N 99.91722°W / 39.31694; -99.91722
Morland 48250 68 0 (1) 286 (111) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°13′46″N 99°41′15″W / 39.22944°N 99.6875°W / 39.22944; -99.6875
Nicodemus 50575 52 1 (2) 84 (32) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°24′40″N 99°38′55″W / 39.41111°N 99.64861°W / 39.41111; -99.64861
Pioneer 55900 57 0 (1) 161 (62) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°31′1″N 99°40′2″W / 39.51694°N 99.66722°W / 39.51694; -99.66722
Solomon 66300 Morland 209 1 (3) 159 (61) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°18′57″N 100°4′44″W / 39.31583°N 100.07889°W / 39.31583; -100.07889
Wildhorse 79225 Bogue 252 2 (5) 137 (53) 0 (0) 0.06% 39°20′45″N 99°40′13″W / 39.34583°N 99.67028°W / 39.34583; -99.67028
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In art

Noted regional artist Birger Sandzén frequently painted landscapes in Graham County, where his wife's parents moved in 1906. Examples include Still Water currently profiled in the collection at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art which depicts Wild Horse Creek in the county.

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