Marion County, KS

County in Southeast KS

The County of Marion was established in 1855. It was named in honor of American Revolutionary War hero, Francis Marion of South Carolina. Marion Centre was chosen as the county seat in the August 1865 election.

The original boundaries of the County were divided into three townships, Marion, Cedar and Santa Fe. The original western boundary of Marion County reached the Kansas-Colorado border. The present boundary lines were finally decided upon in 1872 and contain twenty-four townships. Marion County encompasses a total of 954 square miles.

The first two-story courthouse of stone was built in 1867. The upper floor was used for county court purposes and the first story was used for a school. A high wall making it a place of refuge and defense in the event of an Indian attack surrounded it. It was never needed for that purpose.

An addition was completed in 1879 and part of the original structure was remodeled in 1881. The present three-story native limestone structure was completed in 1907 and remains in full use.

Sponsors of Marion County, KS

Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

Towns of Marion County, KS

The small towns of the Midwest are rich in history and a great way of life! Below you can visit and learn about the small towns we call home! Towns that have their name highlighted have become FEATURED TOWNS. Businesses/organizations from these towns have stepped forward as SPONSORS enabling us to include (or will include as acquired) stories and website links to ALL their community organizations (chambers, groups and departments, etc.), stories and website links to ALL their points of interest, annual festivals/events and stories done about their citizens, veterans and faith community. To learn how to become a featured town CLICK HERE!

Businesses of Marion County, KS

The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!