Burrton and Halstead Townships were secured from Sedgwick County. Burrton Twp was named in appreciation of the Santa Fe Railway’s efforts to build the area. Originally known as Valley Twp, it was renamed to honor I.T. Burr, Vice President of the Santa Fe Railway. The original settlers arrived in April, 1871. In September of the same year, a large group of Welsh homesteaded most of the land just east of the city of Burrton. Halstead Twp was named after Murat Halstead, a Civil War correspondent and editor of the Cincinnati Commercial Historian. Within the boundaries of Halstead Twp is the City of Halstead. Image from Edward’s Map of 1882.