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Grant County, Kansas

Situated on the High Plains in the far southwestern part of Kansas, Grant County was created in 1887 out of Hamilton County territory, by an act of the Kansas Legislature and named in honor of General Ulysses S. Grant.

Long before the county was formed; however, numerous travelers made their way through the area along the Cimarron Branch of the old Santa Fe Trail. Mostly prairie, these hardy pioneers traveled along the Cimarron River that, unfortunately, was dry most of the time, even back then.

The Santa Fe Trail entered what was later to become Grant County midway of its eastern boundary and continued its southwesterly course, crossing the North Fork of the Cimarron River, before making its way to the well-known "Lower Springs," later known as the "Wagon Bed Spring" on the Cimarron River. The Jornada stretch was a perilous route for both men and animals in the dry season as the wagon trains often ran out of water and their arrival at the oasis of Wagon Bed Spring was a welcome relief.

Golden, KS - Cemetery

Golden, KS - Cemetery

Grant County, KS - Fording the Cimarron River, 1914

Grant County, KS - Fording the Cimarron River, 1914

Grant County, KS - Santa Fe Trail

Grant County, KS - Santa Fe Trail

Grant County, KS - Sunflowers

Grant County, KS - Sunflowers

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring - 2

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring - 2

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Area

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Area

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Area - 2

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Area - 2

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Marker

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Marker

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Marker - 2

Grant County, KS - Wagon Bed Spring Marker - 2

Grant County, KS - Wagonbed Spring Re-enactor

Grant County, KS - Wagonbed Spring Re-enactor

Grant County, KS - Wagonbed Spring Re-enactor - Sepia

Grant County, KS - Wagonbed Spring Re-enactor - Sepia

Hickok, KS - Elevators

Hickok, KS - Elevators

Hickok, KS - Old School

Hickok, KS - Old School

Milepost, KS

Milepost, KS

Milepost, KS - 2

Milepost, KS - 2

Ulysses, KS - Grant County Courthouse

Ulysses, KS - Grant County Courthouse

Ulysses, KS - Grant County Museum

Ulysses, KS - Grant County Museum

Ulysses, KS - Hotel Edwards

Ulysses, KS - Hotel Edwards

Ulysses, KS - Main Street

Ulysses, KS - Main Street