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Gray County, Kansas

Gray County was organized on July 20, 1887, by U. B. Marsh; A. C. Pratt; J. G. Shoup; E. S. McClellan; and Frank Hall. Named for Alfred Gray, Secretary, Kansas Board of Agriculture, the county contains the cities of Cimarron, Copeland, Ensign, Ingalls and Montezuma.

The rivalry between Cimarron and Ingalls for the county seat lasted for over two years, switching from Ingalls, to Cimarron, and back to Ingalls. Finally, after a Kansas Supreme Court decision, the county seat was officially moved to Cimarron in 1889.

For more information see the Gray County website.

Entry: Gray County, Kansas

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: February 2010

Date Modified: October 2015

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