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Thomas County was founded in October 8, 1885. It was named for George Henry Thomas, a Union General during the American Civil War, hero of the Battle of Chickamauga. The townships of the county were named after the soldiers that died at the Battle of Chickamauga.


County Seat: Colby, Kansas

Date organized: October 8,1885

County History:

  1. Thomas County on Wikipedia
  2. History of Thomas County 
  3. Thomas County History Bibliography 
  4. Thomas County at the KSH website 

Historic Landmarks, State, National:

  1. National and State Register of Historic Places 
  2. St. Thomas Hospital (1 of 2 hospitals built by the WPA)
  3. Historic Philip Houston House Bed & Breakfast, Rexford Kansas 

County Historical Society:

  1. The Prairie Museum of Art and History | Facebook 
  2. Northwest Kansas Heritage 401 Kansas Ave Brewster, KS 67732(785) 694-2891

Websites about the county:

  1. Thomas County Government
  2. City of Colby, Kansas 
  3. City of Oakley, Kansas 
  4. Oasis on the Plains