The first successful oil well west of the Mississippi was drilled in 1860 in Neodesha, Kansas, which led to the state becoming a major oil producer in the early 20th century.

Kingman County, located in south-central Kansas, has a rich and fascinating history that spans over 150 years. It was officially established on February 26, 1867, making it one of the oldest counties in the state. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Osage and Wichita before European settlers arrived.

The county was named after Samuel A. Kingman, a Union Army officer during the American Civil War. In the late 19th century, settlers began to arrive in Kingman County, drawn by the fertile land and the promise of a new life. Agriculture became the dominant industry, with crop farming and cattle ranching becoming the backbone of the local economy.

In the early 20th century, Kingman County saw significant growth and development. The discovery of oil in the region brought newfound prosperity to the area. Oil wells were drilled, and oil production became a major industry, contributing to the county's economic growth and attracting new residents.

Throughout the years, Kingman County has faced its fair share of challenges. The Great Depression hit the region hard, causing economic difficulties for its residents. However, the county managed to recover and adapt to changing times, diversifying its economy and focusing on industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and education.

Today, Kingman County continues to thrive as a vibrant community with a strong agricultural heritage. It offers a range of recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. With its rich history, scenic landscapes, and friendly community, Kingman County remains an important part of Kansas's cultural and economic landscape.

  • 1854 - Kingman County, Kansas territory is officially organized
  • 1867 - The county's first post office, Walnut City, is established
  • 1872 - The town of Kingman is founded and becomes the county seat
  • 1885 - The Rock Island Railroad is built through Kingman County, boosting economic growth
  • 1893 - Kingman County experiences a major grasshopper plague
  • 1903 - Oil is discovered in the county, leading to a boom in the industry
  • 1930s - Kingman County is affected by the Dust Bowl and experiences severe drought
  • 1940 - The dams at Cheney Reservoir and Kingman State Fishing Lake are built
  • 1955 - The Kingman County Historical Museum is established
  • 1985 - A tornado causes significant damage in the town of Kingman