The History of Finney County

The Beginning of Finney County

The founding fathers, W.D. and J.R. Fulton, J.A. Stevens, C.J. Jones, and others had a vision in the late 1870s to turn this part of the Great American Desert into a town that would last.

The first years of this young town's history are full of names and events that prove people were industrious, imaginative, and resourceful. By 1883, trainloads of easterners were coming out to lay claim on this fertile river-bottom land, lured by land speculators and their own dreams of being part of the Western expansion.


The population soared to over 6,000 during those boom years from 1885 to 1888. Many of the people lived in tents, dugouts, or covered wagons, waiting for houses to be built. Not all of those who came stayed. Those who stayed kept the town going.

Through tumultuous and difficult times, many hearty souls have brought their ideas, work ethic, and families to grow and prosper. Now, in the beginning of this century, Finney County is still welcoming newcomers and is the fastest growing county in Kansas.