Long to prior permanent settlement the territory now comprising Meade County was frequently visited by hunters, traders and adventurers. Prominent among these was Jedediah Strong Smith, who visited this territory as early as the year 1818.
The first settlement in what was to become Meade County was made in 1878, at Meade City, a town started about twelve miles north of the present Meade. In 1879, 16 families from Zanesville, Ohio, led by John Jobling, settled near the town of Pearlette.
Meade was named after General George Gordon Meade, who led the Union Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.
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A modest house and barn on a cottonwood shaded hill are home to an Old West legend. Notorious for robbing trains and banks, the Dalton Gang created a hideout in Meade and built an escape tunnel from the home of their sister, Eva Whipple, to the barn some 95Meade, KS Museums