Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas, but grew up in Abilene, Kansas.
Rush County, Kansas has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. The region was originally occupied by Native American tribes, including the Kanza and Pawnee, who used the land for hunting and gathering. In the 1820s, American fur traders began to explore the area, leading to increased contact between Europeans and Native Americans.

In the mid-1800s, the rush for land and the expansion of railroads brought settlers to the region. Rush County was officially established in 1874 and named after Captain Alexander Rush, who was killed during the Civil War. These early settlers were primarily farmers and ranchers, drawn to the fertile plains that offered opportunities for agriculture.

As the county grew, a number of towns sprang up, including La Crosse, which became the county seat. The discovery of oil in the early 20th century brought prosperity and development to the area. The county experienced a boom in population and economic activity, with drilling operations bringing new jobs and business opportunities.

Over the years, Rush County has faced its share of challenges, including the economic downturns of the Great Depression and the decline of the oil industry in the latter half of the 20th century. However, the community has remained resilient, with a strong agricultural sector and a commitment to preserving its history. Today, Rush County is known for its charming small towns, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant community spirit.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Rush County, Kansas.

  • 1864: Rush County, Kansas is established.
  • 1876: The first post office is established in Rush County.
  • 1878: The town of La Crosse is founded.
  • 1880: Rush County's population reaches 2,987.
  • 1887: The railroad reaches Rush County, boosting economic growth.
  • 1902: Rush County experiences a significant oil boom.
  • 1930s: The Dust Bowl severely affects the agricultural industry in Rush County.
  • 1951: The Big First, the largest concrete dam in Kansas, is completed in Rush County.
  • 1968: The town of Alexander is incorporated.
  • 1971: The town of Bison is incorporated in Rush County.
  • 1990s: The population of Rush County experiences a decline due to changing economic conditions.