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Quinter, Kansas

Quinter, Kansas

The Kansas Branch of the Union Pacific Railway was built through Gove County in 1868. Midway between Collyer and Buffalo Station a side-track called Me-lo-te Switch was established in 1879. In the summer and fall of 1885 a land company purchased the land for a town site at Me-lo-te, platted the town and called it Familton in honor of one of the members of the land company, Wm. Familton of Omaha.

In 1885, John and Benjamin Ikenberry and W.H. Wigington, of Dodge County, Nebraska, came looking for a location for a colony of Brethren. The colony came the next spring, May 1886, by covered wagon and each bought a quarter section of land from the I.B.Chase land company. Coming back the next spring they discovered the title to the land was not good. They had no land and someone else had the money they had paid down. Reverses came when the proposed plans for the north and south railroad collapsed, and the Chase Land Company disappeared like water evaporating.

A new town company was organized and they finally straightened things out. The Post Office Department at Washington refused to accept the name of Familton for the post office, so the name Rushton was submitted and turned down, then Fremont was suggested but was not acceptable. At the time a nephew of Elder James B. Quinter, a minister in the Church of the Brethren suggested the new town be called Quinter for the noted elder. This met with the approval of all concerned, and the town and post office became known as Quinter. The first depot was a boxcar set on the siding a little way east of where the permanent depot was located in 1887.


Gove County has 25,236 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Quinter City Park

Quinter's City Park with the newly completed pool (1990) is a haven of rest for weary travelers. The park has picnic tables and shelter houses nestled under many shade trees.

Quinter, KS Parks

Quinter Recreation

9 Hole Golf Course with artificial greens Tennis Courts Outdoor Volleyball

Quinter, KS Recreation

Jay Johnson Memorial Library

The library offers an enlightening experience for all and the facilities are beautiful and a pleasure.

Quinter, KS Libraries

Quinter Campground

LP gas, sanitary dump

Quinter, KS Camping

Things to do near Quinter, KS

Sheridan State Lake Camping

There is no charge for camping. Designated sites provide primitive camping near the shoreline with plenty of trees for shade....

Quinter Recreation

9 Hole Golf Course with artificial greens Tennis Courts Outdoor Volleyball ...

Trail Rides

The historic Butterfield Trail is a popular trail that people still use for trail rides today. The Butterfield Overland Dispa...