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Rawlins County, the westernmost of the late organized counties of Kansas, is in the northern tier of counties, the twelfth one from the Missouri River, the second one from Colorado. It was named after Gen. John A. Rawlins, who went into the cabinet of Gen. Grant as Secretary of War March 11, 1869, and died September 6, 1879, while holding the office.


County Seat: Atwood,Kansas

Date organized:1881

County History:

  1. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Rawlins,County 
  2. Blackmar's Kansas Cyclopedia, Rawlins County 
  3. Rawlins County on Wikipedia

Historic Landmarks, State, National:

  1. National and State Registers of Historic Places 
  2. Minor Sod House
  3. Ratcliffe Real Estate Building, Butcher Shop, and Carriage House
  4. Shirley Opera House

County Historical Society:

Rawlins County Museum 308 State Atwood, KS 67730 (785) 626-3885 

Websites about the county:

  1. Rawlins County on Blue Skyways 
  2. Rawlins County Government
  3. City of Atwood, Kansas (see Above)
  4. Rawlins County Square Deal