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Dighton, Kansas

Dighton, Kansas

The land which forms the town site was entered by W.A. Watson in the spring of 1879 and a post office was established the same year, giving the town its original name of Watson.

Richard Deighton, a surveyor of LaCrosse, Kansas laid out the official town site of Dighton and the town was named for him. In 1886 Governor Martin declared Dighton the County seat of Lane County. Up to 1886 Dighton was spelled Deighton, but due to an error in the report of the census to the Governor, the 'e' was omitted.

While visiting the Lane Co. Museum in downtown Dighton, listen to the refrain sung to you by the Lane County Bachelor himself about the good old days in settling Lane County.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lane County Country Club

Course Access: Public
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes This course is continually being maintained by the local volunteer members. This facility takes care of the golfing needs for a community of 1,500

Dighton, KS Golf Courses

The Old Bank Gallery

What used to be the First National Bank at Dighton is now being restored and currently houses the artwork of a local artist. It is listed on the State Register of Historic Places.

Dighton, KS Historic Buildings

Lane County Historical Museum

As a tribute to those pioneers who endured the hardships and loneliness of the prairie, the Lane County Historical Society was established. In 1976, the Society opened the Historical Museum to help preserve and promote the history of the county.

Dighton, KS Museums

Things to do near Dighton, KS

Cimarron National Grassland Fishing

Fishing ponds are open year round at the Cimarron National Grassland with light to moderate use. Winters are moderate, with s...

Ashland Driving Tour

Tours of wildflowers, 314 homes built before 1920, ghost towns, hunting sites, nature, geological sights, trail rides and ear...

Dodge Theater

An historic art deco theater built in 1928 offers films of yesteryear. Movies are scheduled on weekends with times to be anno...