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Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas, but grew up in Abilene, Kansas.
Thomas County is a county located in the state of Kansas, USA. It was established on March 20, 1885, and named after George Henry Thomas, a Union Army general during the American Civil War. Like many counties in Kansas, it was primarily settled by European immigrants in the late 1800s, attracted by the promise of fertile land and opportunities for farming.

Early settlers faced numerous challenges, including droughts and locust plagues, but they persevered and established thriving agricultural communities. The county's main crops initially included corn, wheat, and sorghum. In the early 1900s, the discovery of oil brought economic prosperity to the region, leading to increased population and infrastructure development.

During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, Thomas County, like much of the Great Plains, experienced severe soil erosion and devastating drought. This period caused widespread economic hardships for the agricultural community. However, in the post-World War II era, advancements in irrigation technology and farming practices helped revive the county's agricultural industry.

Today, Thomas County remains primarily rural, with agriculture playing a vital role in the economy. The county is known for its production of wheat, sorghum, and beef. The town of Colby serves as the county seat and is home to many of the county's institutions, including the Thomas County Courthouse and Colby Community College. Despite challenges throughout its history, Thomas County continues to be a resilient and agricultural-focused community.

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

  • 1885 - Thomas County is established on March 20th.
  • 1887 - Colby becomes the county seat on November 8th.
  • 1893 - The Union Pacific Railroad reaches Colby.
  • 1909 - The Golden Belt Telephone Company completes telephone lines in the county.
  • 1930 - The Dust Bowl devastates agriculture in Thomas County.
  • 1933 - The Civilian Conservation Corps establishes a camp in the county.
  • 1950s - Oil and gas exploration begins in the county.
  • 1963 - Thomas County Courthouse is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2006 - The Prairie Museum of Art and History is opened.