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Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas

USGS Aerial Photo of Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, 21 March 1996.
USGS Aerial Photo of Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, 21 March 1996.
Scale: 1 pixel = 32 meters


The Kansas Gazeteer & Business Directory For 1882-1883

Medicine Lodge . An incorporated city, the county seat of Barbour county, is located at the confluence of the Medicine Lodge river and Elm creek, in the eastern central part of the county, 30 miles due west of Harper, on the KCL&SK RR, its nearest railroad point, from whence it has a daily mail stage and 75 southwest of Hutchinson, on the AT&SF RR. Originally settled in 1872, it now contains a population of 700, has Methodist and Christian churches, district schools and 2 weekly newspapers, the Cressett and the Index. Live stock is the chief shipment. Tri-weekly mail stage to Hutchinson; far $4.00. W.D. Van Slyke, postmaster.

(Contributed by Kim Fowles).


Post Office Book Store in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1880's -1890's.

Photograph from the collection of John Nixon.
Post Office Book Store in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1880's -1890's.
Photograph from the collection of John Nixon. All rights reserved.

"Post Office Book Store in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1880's -1890's. Located across the street from my office where the Home State Bank building is today. Home State was not built until 1920 so this was the prior building. Richardson's Dry Goods used to be in this same building. Looking east on Kansas Ave. with Dr. Kocile's house behind the building." -- John Nixon, 9 May 2008.


The Kansas Gazeteer & Business Directory For 1888-1889

Medicine Lodge . A progressive incorporated city of the third class, the county seat of Barber county, formerly called Barbour county, is located at the confluence of the Medicine River and Elm creek, in the eastern central part of the county, originally settled in 1872. It is the terminus of the M.L. br. of the SK Ry, 336 miles from Kansas City. Attica is 23 miles east. Has daily stages to and from Kingman, 45 miles northeast, Bross, 23 miles northeast, Pratt Centre, 28 miles northwest, Sawyer, 18 miles northwest, Isabel, 14 miles north, Saratoga, 36 miles northwest, Iuka, 44 miles northwest, Elm Mills, 15 miles north, Mingonia, 9 miles west, Lake City, 18 miles west, Sun City 25 miles west, Nescutunga, 45 miles west, Coldwater 54 miles west, Ashland, 80 miles west, Lodi, 15 miles southwest, Canema, 16 miles southwest, Aetna, 35 miles southwest, New Kiowa, 21 miles south, Old Kiowa, 18 miles south. It has Methodist, Presbyterian and Christian churches, large public school building, 2 banks, 3 weekly newspapers, the Index (Dem) the Cresset (Rep) and the Chief (Labor), and is a distributing point for a territory 25 by 50 miles. There are Masonic, Odd Fellows, K of P and Ancient Order of United Workmen lodges, Order of the Eastern Star and GAR Post. There are also 3 hotels, of which the Grand hotel is one of the finest and largest in Southern Kansas. Assessed valuation of personal property in the city, $110,397; real estate $228,145. No bonded or floating debt. Shipments, horses, live stock, wool and gypsum. Exp., W.,F. & Co. Tel., S.K. Population 1,500. Mail, daily. Thomas A. McClearey, postmaster.

(Contributed by Kim Fowles).


Barber County Courthouse 120 E. Washington St, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104
Phone: (620) 886-3961.   Fax: (620) 886-5425.

Lincoln Library, 201 N. Main, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-5746. Fax: (620) 886-9985.

Carrie Nation House, Highway 160, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-3908.

The Stockade Museum, Highway 160, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-3417.

Medicine Lodge Chamber of Commerce, 108 W. First Street, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-3417.


Medicine Lodge Newspapers:

Barber County Index, 106 W. First, P. O. Box 349, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104.
Phone: (620) 886-5617.

Gyp Hill Premiere, 110 N. Main, Medicine Lodge, Kansas 67104-0127
http://www.gyphillpremiere.com/
Phone: 620-886-5654.   Fax: 620-886-5655.


More pages on this site about Medicine Lodge:


Medicine Lodge Peace Council


Off-site Links:


The 1949 Medicine Lodge city directory, call# K/910/-M46/1949, is available through interlibrary loan from The Kansas State Historical Society.


The Grand Hotel, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, courtesy of Beverly Horney McCollom and Marilou West Ficklin.
The Grand Hotel, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy Beverly (Horney) McCollom and Marilou West Ficklin.


Also see:

MURDER AND SUICIDE: Frank E. Lockwood is Shot by Lillian Quinn, Who at Once Commits Suicide, The Medicine Lodge Cresset, November 18, 1886. Frank Lockwood was one of the owners of the Grand Hotel.

The Grand Hotel, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas.

Meandering column by Bev McCollom, from The Gyp Hill Premiere, 29 Oct 2007.

Dr. John G. Hoffer, Jr. - During his more than 35 years of practice at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Dr. Hoffer never lost a patient in surgery. Dr. Hoffer was honored in 1976 for his many years of outstanding service to Medicine Lodge at an awards ceremony in which he was overwhelmed by the turnout and outpouring of appreciation and affection from the community.


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