Organization and Continued Settlement of Harvey County, Kansas

The birth and early years of Harvey County were somewhat difficult and contentious due to instances of fraud, bribery, payoffs, corruption, voter irregularities, fierce rivalries and panderings to people’s egos. The organization and continued settlement of Harvey County encompassed a number of transitions, challenges, and issues.

A plan to create a new county from townships in Sedgwick, McPherson and Marion Counties came when Newton’s Republican representatives to a Sedgwick County political convention were snubbed. They came back to Newton determined to form their own county with Newton as the county seat. The plan passed the Kansas Legislature on February 29, 1872. The county was named for James M. Harvey, Kansas Governor. Along with other events and happenings, these political maneuverings were instrumental in the formation of Harvey County.

Through on-line exhibits, this slideshow series gives short stories about Harvey County and its cities; and provides a sampling of the stories which can be discovered by viewing the HCHM on-site exhibits, by examining source material in the Research Library and by going through the HCHM photo collection.

For even more stories of Harvey County’s people and businesses, check out our blog, “Voices of Harvey County” on the About Us tab.

Check the website regularly for the addition of new on-line slideshows in this series on Harvey County, Kansas.

Click anywhere on the first image below to scroll through Slideshow 3 — Organization and Continued Settlement of Harvey County, Kansas.