Welcome to the official website of the Scott County Historical Society.

"To establish an educationally-oriented center for the public, devoted to the collection, preservation, study, and dissemination of information on the natural and cultural environments of Scott County and the High Plains of Western Kansas."

Throw Back Thursday!

Welcome to our new feature --- "Throw Back Thursday!"  I can't guarantee that we'll update every Thursday, but we wanted a place to start posting some historic photos from Scott City and Scott County. 

This first post is about the development of irrigation.  There are many concerns about the current use of the Ogallala Aquifer.  Here are some photos and news articles which show the very start in Scott County.

This first photo is of the C. W. Proudfoot well, taken in 1910.  With a capacity of 1200 gallons per minute, it would have been a phenomenal well.  Notice the cost of the well was $3000.  That would be equivalent to $77350 today.


Read more: Throw Back Thursday!

Bulletin Board

Who are the Famous Folks of Scott City?  From Maria DeGeer to Ron Baker, who are the people who have, in whatever way, put Scott City on the map?  Come to El Quartelejo Museum during June Jaunt and find out!  This program will be presented Saturday, June 7th at 2 PM, and repeated on Sunday, June 8th at 2 PM. The speaker for this year's "History on the Highway" will be Patsi Graham.

Become a Member of SCHS!

The Scott County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of the Scott County area and educating the community and visitors about the function of El Quartelejo Museum and the Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection.

Throughout the 80 year existence of SCHS, individuals, families, and businesses have supported the Historical Society’s efforts. These generous people help to continue the work of the Historical Society and assist in maintaining the building and grounds, keeping the facility open to the public, guiding group tours, and raising funds for improvements.

There are three membership categories:

Individual    $10.00

Family         $20.00

Business     $50.00

Museum Information

Museum and Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

After hour tours are available by calling: 620.874.1559 or 620.872.3523

902 W. 5th
Scott City, Kansas 67871
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