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Woodson County takes its name from Gov. Silas Woodson, of Missouri. When, however, this honor was conferred on the unknown and unsettled tract in the third tier of counties west of the State line, the space designated by the Legislature contained little if any of the territory which now bears this name. To understand this matter, it is necessary to go back to 1855 and the proceedings of the famous "bogus Legislature." 


County Seat:Yates Center, Kansas

Date organized:1855

County History:

  1. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Woodson County 
  2. Woodson County on Wikipedia 

Historic Landmarks, State, National:

  1. National and State Register of Historic Places

County Historical Society:

  1. Woodson County Historical Society 208 W. Mary Yates Center, KS 66783 

Websites about the county:

  1. Woodson County Government 
  2. City of Yates Center, Kansas