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  • Charles Wesley Wigton (1926 - 1976)
    US Army World War II
  • Sgt. Anselm Joseph Hammerschmidt (1910 - 1975)
  • Otto Leo Hammerschmidt (1907 - 1984)
    Victoria -- Otto L. Hammerschmidt, 76, died Monday, Jan. 16, at the Hoisington Lutheran Hospital. He was born Oct. 19, 1907 at Walker, the son of Jacob and Anna (Bieker) Hammerschmidt. He married Evel...
  • Eugene E. "Dutch" Hammersmith (1920 - 1987)
    Ellinwood -- Eugene "Dutch" Hammersmith, 66, died Jan. 5, 1987, at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, after a sudden illness. Born March 2, 1920, at Gorham, he married Thecla Graf, Sept. 12, 1...
  • Kenneth Herbert Bieker (1937 - 2018)
    Kenneth Herbert Bieker, 81, of Hoisington, Kansas, former Wallace, Kansas, resident, passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. He was born Oct. 26, 1937, in Hays, Kansas, to Herbert Leo and Am...

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Barton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2020 census, the county population was 25,493. Its county seat and most populous city is Great Bend. The county is named in honor of Clara Barton, responsible for the founding of the American Red Cross.

Pawnee Rock, the location of the meeting place for the American Indian tribes of the Comanche, Kiowa, Arapaho and Cheyenne, is located in the county. This is where they held their councils for war and peace. It was also a lookout for the Santa Fe Trail and was considered the most dangerous place on the trail for Indian encounters. The Plains Indians would keep watch for settlers and then ambush them. Much of Pawnee Rock was destroyed when the railroads came through in the 1870's. What is left is now a State Historic Site.

Adjacent Counties


  • Albert
  • Claflin
  • Ellinwood
  • Galatia
  • Great Bend
  • Hoisington
  • Olmitz
  • Pawnee Rock
  • Susank

Townships & Communities

Beaver | Buffalo | Boyd | Cheyenne | Clarence | Cleveland | Comanche | Dartmouth | Dent Spur | Dubuque | Dundee | Eureka | Fairview | Farhman | Grant | Heizer | Hitschmann | Independent | Lakin | Liberty | Logan | Millard | North Homestead | Odin | Redwing | South Bend | South Hoisington | South Homestead | Stickney | Union | Walnut | Wheatland



National Register of Historic Places

Genealogy Trails

KS Gen Web

Barton County Historical Society & Museum

Roots Web

Barton County Kansas Genealogical Research

Legends of Kansas

New Horizons Genealogy