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Rice  County, in the central part of the state, is in the second tier of counties west of the 6th principal meridian, and in the fourth tier north of the Oklahoma line. It is bounded on the north by Ellsworth county; on the east by McPherson; on the south by Reno, and on the west by Stafford and Barton. It is crossed a little to the west of the center by the 1st guide meridian west. It was named in honor of Brig.-Gen. Samuel A. Rice, of the United States volunteers, who was killed at Jenkins' Ferry, Ark., April 30, 1864.


County Seat: Lyons, Kansas

Date organized: August 18, 1871

County History:

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

Historic Landmarks, State, National:

  1. National and State Register of Historic Places 
  2. Sterling College  | Facebook 

County Historical Society:

Coronado Quivira Museum  | Facebook 

Websites about the county:

  1. Rice County Government 
  2. City of Lyons, Kansas 
  3. City of Sterling, Kansas 
  4. City of Little River 
  5. City of Geneseo, Kansas 
  6. City of Bushton, Kansas 
  7. City of Alden, Kansas 
  8. City of Raymond, Kansas