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The Chicago Workingmen's Town Company founded a nearby town in 1872, naming it "Petersburg" for T. J.. Peter, a director of the Santa Fe Railroad, which was then building westward. In 1874 the Kansas Legislature defined Edwards County and it was named for W. C. Edwards, who built the first brick block, which became the center around which the county was built. 


County Seat: Kinsley, Kansas

Date organized:August 1, 1874

County History:

Brief History of Edwards County

Historic Landmarks, State, National:

  1. Midway USA Sign & Park
  2. National Foundation for Carnival Heritage Center

County Historical Society:

Edwards County Museum

Websites about the county:

  1. Edwards County, Kansas Government
  2. Get Kinsley