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Rooks County, KS

Rooks CountyThe countryside encompassing Rooks County is some of the most productive in the west central region of Kansas. Agriculture related industries and oil production have provided a substantial economic foundation on which the communities throughout the county have grown.

Founded in 1872, Rooks County was named after John C. Rooks, a private in the 11th Kansas Regiment, who died from a wound suffered during the savage December 7, 1862, Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

French Canadians and Germans were among the first settlers in the area and there heritage is evident in two beautiful churches in Stockton and Damar. The avid sportsman will find the area surrounding Plainville to be abundant with wildlife. Hunters not only enjoy the challenge, but also the rewards.

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Cedar Links Golf and Country Club

Cedar Links is a nine hole, semi private golf course and club that provides a challenge to the average golfer with plenty of cedar trees and water hazards on five of the nine holes. Wildlife such a Canada geese and beaver are common visitors to the lake on the course.

Plainville, KS Golf Courses

Rooks State Fishing Lake

Camping - Fishing - Hunting - Picnicking
No Fee - Financed by hunting and fishing license sales

Stockton, KS Recreation

Rooks County Courthouse

In 1923 a new courthouse replaced the native stone structure of 1881. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Rooks County Courthouse is a source of local pride. A permanent memorial in front of the courthouse honors individuals who served in the nation's armed services.

Stockton, KS Historic Courthouses

Plainville City Parks

Plainville City Park - Playground equipment, picnic tables, and a shelter house cater to family picnics and reunions. Make sure to take a moments rest in the unique stone benches. - West Mill Street Plainville, KS Recreation


Old Log Hotel

The Old Log Hotel is Stockton's first hotel erected in 1871. Joseph McNulty, the owner, operated it for cattlemen moving west. The original site is across the street to the north where Stockton High School currently is.

Stockton, KS Pioneer Life

Plainville Township Lake

Plainville Township Lake is not only a popular fishing spot, but is also the site of the cities annual July 4 fireworks display. Local and area people provide their own displays to compliment the program.

Plainville, KS Recreation

Twin Mounds Township Cemetery

The Twin Mounds Cemetery in Twin Mounds Township of Rooks County got its name from the two relatively elevated peaks close together and, at one time, covered with masses of disrupted blue-green hard rock. The area was first settled by people moving west in 1879

Plainville, KS Cemeteries

Rooks County Historical Museum

Rooks County's French Canadian and German ancestry and the region's history can be reviewed at the Museum where the past is preserved for both present and future generations. The museum contains tourist information, local history exhibits, and genealogy capabilities.

Stockton, KS Museums

Carnegie Library

The Stockton Library was built in 1911 by money received from Andrew Carnegie. In 1984

Stockton, KS Carnegie Libraries

The First Christian Church

The First Christian Church of Plainville was first dedicated in 1930, but services in the present structure didn't begin until 1937 when the upstairs was completed.

Plainville, KS Historic Churches

Nova Theater

The restoration of the NOVA Theatre has been a community effort. Stockton is proud to once again open its doors for the public\'

Stockton, KS Theaters

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