Greenwood County is located in the southeastern section of Kansas, and was one of the original counties formed in 1855 when the Kansas Territory was formed. Eureka is the largest city and county seat of Greenwood County. It is bordered by Lyon and Coffey counties to the north and northeast; Woodson and Wilson counties to the east and southeast; Elk and Butler to the south and west; and Chase county to the northwest.
The first settlement was made in 1856 by southerners who espoused pro-slavery sentiments. During the Civil War years Greenwood county was subjected to much violence, mostly over the slavery issue, and there were some Indian attacks during this time frame as well. Railroad negotiations began as early as 1870, but it would be almost 10 years before this area saw any railroad lines.
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