Cloud County, Kansas
Cloud County Courthouse in Concordia
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 27, 1867|
|Named for||William F. Cloud|
|• Total||718 sq mi (1,860 km2)|
|• Land||715 sq mi (1,850 km2)|
|• Water||2.6 sq mi (7 km2) 0.4%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||13/sq mi (5/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
History[change | change source]
19th century[change | change source]
In 1867, Cloud County was created.
Cloud county was originally named "Shirley" county. However, civic leaders feared that sounded too much like the name of a prostitute. They changed the name to "Cloud" county. They named it after Colonel William F. Cloud.
Cloud County was created from the existing Washington County, Kansas. This was in a joint convention with Republic and Cloud counties. The county was legally organized on September 6, 1866. Elk Creek was chosen as the temporary county seat.
In 1887, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a railroad from Neva (3 miles west of Strong City) to Superior, Nebraska. This railroad connected Strong City, Neva, Rockland, Diamond Springs, Burdick, Lost Springs, Jacobs, Hope, Navarre, Enterprise, Abilene, Talmage, Manchester, Longford, Oak Hill, Miltonvale, Aurora, Huscher, Concordia, Kackley, Courtland, Webber, Superior.
Geography[change | change source]
Geographic features[change | change source]
The Republican River goes through the county. It enters from Republic County to the north. It exits to Clay County to the east. The Solomon River goes through the southwestern part of the county. It goes from Mitchell County to Ottawa County. Jamestown Lake is partially in the northwestern part of the county and partially in southwestern Republic county.
Major highways[change | change source]
U.S. Route 81 goes through Cloud County. It goes through Concordia and connects north to Belleville, Kansas or south to Salina, Kansas. The southern part of the county also has U.S. Route 24,. It connectd Clay Center, Kansas from the east and Beloit, Kansas to the west.
People[change | change source]
|U.S. Decennial Census|
Government[change | change source]
Presidential elections[change | change source]
Education[change | change source]
Unified school districts[change | change source]
- Concordia USD 333
- Southern Cloud County USD 334
- Clifton-Clyde USD 224
Colleges and Universities[change | change source]
- Miltonvale Wesleyan College (closed 1972)
- Concordia Normal School (closed 1876)
- Concordia Business College (closed sometime after 1930)
Communities[change | change source]
Cities[change | change source]
Popular culture[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Brackman, Barbara (1997). Kansas Trivia. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 21.
- Kansas Skyways Archived 2009-02-23 at the Wayback Machine "Cloud County History"
- History of the State of Kansas by William G. Cutler, Kansas Collection of Books
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
More reading[change | change source]
- Standard Atlas of Cloud County, Kansas; Geo. A. Ogle & Co; 89 pages; 1917.
- Standard Atlas of Cloud County, Kansas; Geo. A. Ogle & Co; 56 pages; 1901.
- Edward's Atlas of Cloud County, Kansas; John P. Edwards; 43 pages; 1985.
Other websites[change | change source]
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