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Norton, Kansas

Norton, Kansas

Historically speaking, the area that was originally designated as a mere stagecoach depot amidst the rolling plains of Northwest Kansas in the 1800's, developed into what we now call home -- Norton. The region is rich in history with the likes of Horace Greeley, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Billy the Kid traveling through this vicinity, not to mention the countless Indian tribes that once roamed these spacious prairies.

While Norton has grown substantially since its formative years in the early 1870s, the town has not forgotten it's humble beginnings. Reminders of the past flourish throughout the area, and can be appreciated at the Norton County Historical Museum and the Station 15 stagecoach stop along highway 36.

The people of Norton have made the community what it is today. The descendants are of pioneer stock; they are hard-working, fun-loving, and supportive people who have kept up with the times.

The welcome flags are always out to visitors and new residents alike. There are no strangers for long in Norton, Kansas, as we are the home of the "Friendliest people in the world!"


Norton County has 27,221 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events


Hillmon School

The Hillmon Schoolhouse was the sixth school district to be organized in Norton County. The school houses were numbered as they were built and the Hillmon School was District 6

Norton, KS Pioneer History

"They Also Ran" Gallery

"What do Stephen A. Douglas, Horace Greeley, Horation Seymour, Henry Clay, Alf Landon, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter have in common? - They all ran for President ... and lost." Although these men and many others in American Presidential History were unsuccessful in their bids to attain the nation'

Norton, KS Museums

Art Deco Theater

Norton volunteers have rennovated the old Art Deco Theater in Downtown Norton, and enjoy providing the popcorn while you relax and watch movies.

Norton, KS Theatres

Norton County Historical Museum

Did you know that Norton County, Kansas, was the site of one of the biggest meteor impacts in the United States? At about 5:00 p.m. on February 18, 1948, there was a loud explosion and fireball approximately 15

Norton, KS Museums

Things to do near Norton, KS

Decatur County Courthouse

The Decatur County Courthouse houses m Murals of the area's history which are located on the third and fourth floors. ...

Oil Museum

Beneath an oil derrick on west Highway 24 in Hill City, the Oil Museum tells the story of oil from formations deep in the ear...

Sheridan State Lake Boating

Paved boat ramps are located on both the east and west sides of the lake. Motorized boats are allowed at no wake speeds, for ...