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Philips County, one of the northern tier, is the 5th county east from the Colorado line. It is bounded on the north by the State of Nebraska; on the east by Smith county; on the south by Rooks, and on the west by Norton. This county was created in 1867 and named in honor of William Phillips, a free-state martyr who was murdered at Leavenworth in 1856. The boundaries were defined as follows: "Commencing where the east line of range 16 west intersects the 40th degree of north latitude; thence south to the 1st standard parallel; thence vest to the east line of range 21 west, thence north to the 40th degree of north latitude; thence east to the place of beginning."


County Seat: Phillipsburg, Kansas

Date organized:1872

County History:

  1. Blackmar's Kansas Cyclopedia, Philips County
  2. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Phillips County 
  3. History of Phillipsburg, Kansas 
  4. Phillips county on Genealogy Inc. 

Historic Landmarks, State, National:

  1. Listing of Phillips County Historic Places on K.S.H.S. 
  2. Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge 
  3. Kansas' Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg, Kansas 

County Historical Society:

  1. Philips County Historical Society RR 2, Box 18a, Phillipsburg KS 67661
  2. The Fort Bissell Museum 
  3. C&R Railroad Museum 

Websites about the county:

  1. Philips County Government 
  2. City of Phillipsburg,Kansas 
  3. Phillips County Community Foundation