Brief History from
Kansas State Historical Society:
County was organized on September 17,
1855, as one of the original 33 counties
created by the Territorial Legislature.
Containing the cities of Everest,
Fairview, Hamlin, Hiawatha, Horton,
Morrill, Powhattan, Reserve, Robinson,
and Willis, the county was founded
by William Gentry; H. C. Gregg; Thurston
Chase; James Mills; E. R. Corneilison;
W. C. Foster; John Belk; and Jacob
Englehart. The county was named for Albert
G. Brown, U. S. Senator from Mississippi.
In 1855 the settlers of
Walnut Creek formed a protective
association to enforce the rights of
actual settlers against intruders,
and to prevent the sale of liquor to
the Indians; the Oregon Trail passed
through the county.