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 governor's proclamation asking for a census be taken for Kearney County as well as a proclamation appointing county officers and designating Lakin as the temporary county seat.
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Item Number: 216953
Call Number: Kansas. Secretary of State's Office, County Organization files, ca. 1861-1912
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 216953
Collections - State Archives - Secretary of State
Date - 1880s - 1887
Date - 1880s - 1888
Government and Politics - Local Government - County
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Martin, John Alexander
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Proclamation
Places - Cities and towns - Lakin
Places - Counties - Kearny
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Government records - Proclamation