From the prairies and bluffs that grace the landscape to the fertile land and beautiful limestone that are representative to the area, Smith County in north central Kansas gives new meaning to the ideal of rural living. Smith County is named in memory of Major Nathan Smith of the Second Colorado Volunteers who died in battle. The first homestead was established in 1871.
Dr. Brewster M. Higley, a resident of Smith County, crafted a poem about life in this rural Kansas county in 1872. This poem later became the state song of Kansas, "Home on the Range". Tourists can visit the renowned Home on the Range cabin in Smith County where Higley resided.
Other fascinating attractions include: the Old Dutch Mill, Little Miss Liberty - a replica of the Statue of Liberty, the historic battlegrounds of the Indian Fight at the Forks of Beaver Creek, and the Smith County Courthouse. Despite this colossal history, Smith County is committed to the economic vitality of future generations by merging agriculture and industry. Known as the Geographic Center of the 48 Contiguous States, Smith County has excellent schools, exceptional hunting, and welcoming residents. Smith County could be your home on the north central Kansas range!
THERE IS A LOT TO LOVE ABOUT SMALL TOWN AMERICA
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Location: In North Central Kansas along the northern tier of counties, bordering Nebraska on the north.
North & South highways: US 281 & KS Hwy 8
East & West highways US 36 and KS Hwy 9
From middle of Smith County to: Hays, KS - 92 miles
Salina, KS - 120 miles
Wichita, KS - 207 milesKansas City, MO - 265 miles
Denver, CO - 345 miles
| The Smith County Convention and Visitors Bureau is
comprised of a group of individuals representing all areas of the
county. They are responsible for allocating the 2% transient guest tax
that is paid on gross receipts from sleeping accommodations within the
This money is used to promote tourism and conventions in Smith County.