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 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
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 1879Plainville, KS Cemeteries
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
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