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Norton, Kansas, USA - Norton, Kans., Entrance to Elmwood Park, Ocean to Ocean Highway.

Norton, Norton, KS

Norton was founded in 1872. Like the county, it was named for Capt. Orloff Norton.

The first hotel was a log house, built in 1873.

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1885 - Norton is incorporated

1895 - Norton
Norton, a post-village, capital of Norton co., Kansas, on Prairie Dog Creek, 65 miles N. of Trego Station. It has a court-house, a grist-mill, and a saw-mill. P. (1890) 1074.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Norton, a banking city, capital of Norton co., Kan., on Prairie Dog Creek and on the Burlington Route and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific R., 30 miles W. of Phillipsburg. Pop. in 1900, 1202.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1909 - 8 Tornadoes
Norton, Kas., June 25 - Northwestern Norton county was devastated Thursday afternoon by eight tornadoes, which destroyed farm buildings, injured men working in the fields, killed and carried away live stock, and mowed down trees like grass.

Six tornadoes formed at 4 o'clock, following a sultry day. The nearest one was ten miles from here. The funnel-shaped formation disappeared before the storm reached this city. There was a heavy downpour of rain, accompanied by hail measuring six and seven inches in circumference.

Telephone lines in the storm-swept district are demoralized, but the reports brought in by rural carriers show that each tornado was destructive. The infant of Frank Gentry was blown from its mother's arms and cannot be found, and the residence and outbuildings were swept away.

Forty head of cattle were killed at Brunswick ranch, thirteen miles nortwest, many being carried two and three miles by the wind. Farm hands in the fields were severely bruised and several... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're passing through or planning a visit, here are some places to go and things to do in Norton:
Prairie Dog State Park: This is a must-visit in Norton. The park is home to a large prairie dog town and offers hiking trails, camping, fishing, and picnicking areas. It's a great place to enjoy the beauty of the Kansas prairies and observe the antics of prairie dogs.

Almena-Kirwin Reservoir: Located just a short drive from Norton, this reservoir is a haven for water enthusiasts. You can go fishing, boating, and even camp by the water. The serene surroundings make it a perfect place for relaxation.

Norton Country Club: Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round or two at the Norton Country Club. It's a well-maintained course with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

The Norton Arts Center: For a taste of local culture, visit the Norton Arts Center. They often have rotating exhibits featuring the work of local artists.

Orval Helvey Park: This park is a peaceful spot for a family picnic. You'll find playgrounds, walking paths, and green spaces for leisurely... Read MORE...

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photo of Bessie Alta SHEWEYBessie Alta SHEWEY (10 November 1887, Norton, Kansas, USA - 11 February 1965, Caldwell, Idaho, USA)
male ancestorWilliam Nicholas "Nick" BIESTERFELD (17 December 1891, Dorrance, Russell, Kansas, USA - 13 August 1982, Norton, Kansas, USA)
male ancestorDoyle Loren QUENZER (03/15/1919, Bazine, Kansas, USA - 14 May 1982, Norton, Kansas, USA)
female ancestorAudrey Faye BIESTERFELD (03/03/1920, Sharon Springs, Kansas, USA - 1964, Norton, Kansas, USA)

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photo of Benjamin Winthrop ORCUTT Benjamin Winthrop ORCUTT (1 August 1877 - 24 March 1968) and photo of Bessie Alta SHEWEY Bessie Alta SHEWEY (10 November 1887 - 11 February 1965) married 4 December 1907

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