Jewell County celebrates 150 years
April 30, 2020
Jewell County, Kansas, is celebrating it’s 150th Anniversary. Out of the pages of its past comes many interesting and historical stories. The first settlers began to arrive in the early 1860s. They were encouraged to migrate west mostly because of the Homestead Act that was made law in 1862 by President Lincoln. The settlers could acquire 160 acres of public land in exchange for a small fee and they were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land.
Jewell County had all the qualifications to draw the settlers, plenty of wild game, and a...