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In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county.
Included in this file is the 1873 census of Ford County, the memorial to the governor, miscellaneous letters, and the proclamation appointing county officials and designating Dodge City as the temporary county seat.
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Item Number: 216826
Call Number: Kansas. Secretary of State's Office, County Organization files, ca. 1861-1912
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 216826
Collections - State Archives - Secretary of State
Date - 1870s - 1872
Date - 1870s - 1873
Government and Politics - Local Government - County
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Osborn, Thomas Andrew
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Census
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Petition
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Proclamation
Places - Cities and towns - Dodge City
Places - Counties - Ford
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Censuses
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Government records - Proclamation
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Petition