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Name that County and County Seat! - May 9, 2014


Q: If you "Go West" in Kansas, you'll discover a county named after a 19th century newspaper publisher – and a county seat named after his famous newspaper. Name the western Kansas county – and county seat – connected to the same man, an editor, publisher and politician.

Horace-Greeley-KHSAn informal portrait of newspaper editor Horace Greeley, 1811-1872, shown seated at a desk, and a man who, perhaps, may be Richard Henry Danna, Jr., 1815-1882, author of "Two Years Before the Mast." (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society /


A: Greeley (County) and Tribune


HoraceGreeleyMuseum Flickr_Jimmy-Emerson-DVMConstructed in 1890 in Tribune, Kan., this building served until the current courthouse was built in 1975. The old courthouse now houses the Horace Greeley Museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Flickr Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM)

Greeley County, located in west-central Kansas, is named after Horace Greeley, one of the 19th century’s best-known writers. Horace Greeley is the man who said, “Go west, young man.” There’s also a town called Horace in Greeley County.  According to the 2010 census, the population was 1,247, making it the least populous county in the state. The county seat & largest town is Tribune, which gets its name from Greeley’s newspaper, the New York Tribune. Horace Greeley was a writer, publisher and politician who once ran for president. And, at least at one time, the people here really, really liked him.

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