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Lyon County History Center

225 E 6th St

Emporia, KS  66801

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LY   Lyon County, Kansas, was established in 1855.  Formerly known as Breckenridge County, it was one of Kansas’ original 36 counties.  It was named for Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union General to be killed in the Civil War. The county seat of Lyon County is Emporia, Kansas.

Other County Genealogical Resources

  • County GenWeb
  • County American Local History Network (ALHN)
  • County Genealogy Trails
  • County Find-A-Grave
  • County Courthouse
  • County Resources
  • County Genealogy – FamilySearch

Old, Newspaper

Lyon County Old News

courtesy of the Kansas Old Newspaper Transcribers Guild (KCGS)

Golf Is Only In Emporia

The only place in the State where golf is played is at Emporia. Prof. Ellsworth of the State Normal introduced it there. The Hutchinson Gazette, Hutchinson KS. Thursday, January 31, 1895. Page 3. (c) Transcribed by Darren McMannis for the Kansas Council of...

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Drowned While Bathing

Amos M. Spencer, a relative of Mrs. Judge Ruggles, who lived on her farm, was drowned Sunday while bathing in the Neosho river near his home.  It seems that directly below the Ruggles ford there is a deep hole into which the unfortunate man stepped while wading about...

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A Shooting Scrape At Emporia

A Shooting Scrape At Emporia Last Thursday evening, in John Campbell's billiard hall, Frank Gatewood made a murderous assault upon David Campbell, a young man, brother of the proprietor, which ended in the discharge of a load of shot from a shot gun in the hands of...

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Hartford 1868

Hartford is situated on the south side of the Neosho river, and about sixteen miles south-east of Emporia.  It is rather a small town, but improving slowly.  There is but one mill - a water mill (the steam mill has moved away to Eldorado.)  There is one store, owned...

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Indians – 1859

EMPORIA.  Injuns. We learn that there are now encamped on the Little Arkansas, some seven or eight thousand warriors of the different tribes of Kansas. What their object is cannot be ascertained. Some of them say they are going to have a grand buffalo hunt, while...

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