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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

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


"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

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

Adobe House

Tourists will relive a bit of the past when they visit the Adobe House located at the Prairie Dog State Park. This earthen-walled structure is the only one in Kansas on its original location and preserved as a museum. As near as can be determined, the house was constructed in 1892

Norton, KS Pioneer History

Things to do near Norton, KS

Last Indian Raid

Rawlins County was the site of the Last Indian Raid in Kansas, October 1, 1878. It was a raid carried out by Cheyenne Indians...

Lighted Cross

The Lighted Cross was made possible by the effort and support of the local community. ...

Carnegie Arts Center

The original Carnegie Library was built in 1912, with the help of a $10,000.00 grant from philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie and...

National Weather Service

Weather predictions and forecast by the latest Doppler System. One of only five in Kansas and the Tops in the United Sates. ...