Smith County was established in 1867 and is named after J. Nelson Smith, a Union major and Civil War hero. The county seat is Smith Center, Kansas.
Smith County Attractions and Events:
- Home on the Range or Higley Cabin—This log cabin built in 1872 is where Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote the poem titled “My Western Home”. A friend of Dr. Higley Dan Kelly set the poem to music and it is known as “Home on the Range” and is the state song of Kansas.
- Old Dutch Windmill—Originally built in 1879 this landmark was a functioning mill in the 1800’s. It was move to Wagner Park in Smith Center in 1938.
- Little Miss Liberty—This Statue of Liberty Replica is on a hill 10 miles south of Smith Center, Kansas on Us-281.
- Ingleboro Mansion—A Victorian mansion originally bult by Banker J.r. Burrow.
- Historic Homes Walking Tour—Features 15 historic homes in Smith Center.
- Smith County Courthouse
- Indian Fight at the Forks of Beaver Creek—Located about 3-1/2 miles southwest of Smith Center is the site of a battle between different Native American Tribes. One one side were the Pawnee, Delaware and Omaha Indians and the other side were the Cheyenne, Comanche, Arapahos and Apaches. The site is marked by a marker on top of a small hill.