Many of the brave and most feared men in the 7th regiment were in Hodgeman's Company. It became one of the more famous Companies, the 7th Calvalry was later led by Gen. Custer in the Battle of Little Big Horn, and Captain Hodgeman became known for his extreme bravery. The quiet talking, rarely smiling Captain Hodgeman, died on the field of battle, October 10, 1863, while leading a charge against rebels, near Wyatt, Mississippi. His death was much less noticed than the death of one of his more famous fighting companions, "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
The first land claim was made by John O'Loughlin, a former soldier who hailed from Fort Hays. He established a toll bridge over the Pawnee in the north-eastern part of the county, and began selling supplies to freighters running a route from Fort Hays and Ellsworth to Fort Dodge. O'Loughlin sold out to George Duncan and the spot became known as the Duncan Crossing. A monument, dedicated with considerable ceremony in 1929, marks this site.
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The Haun Museum is located in the first house on the townsite of Jetmore. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1879, by T.S. Haun, the founder of Jetmore, then called Buckner. Mr. Haun edited the first newspaper in Jetmore, The Buckner IndependentJetmore, KS Museums
Jetmore City Lake, three miles west and one and one-half south of Jetmore, is located on Spring Creek. The lake is popular for camping, fishing, bird watching, boating, water skiing, beach volleyball, swimming and hiking. Rolling grassland surrounds the area with the bluffs in the background.Jetmore, KS Recreation
Hodgeman State Lake & Wildlife Area is located 4 miles east of Jetmore on Highway 156, then 2 miles south. The State Lake measures 87 acres, which are periodically dry. When water is present the lake is stocked. The Wildlife Area encompasses 254Jetmore, KS Recreation