History from Kansas State Historical
Gove county was organized
on September 2, 1886, by J. H. Baker; D.
D. Drake; Thomas H. Moore; Gruce Sanders;
Smith; F. W. Norton; Willis Walker;
Richman Hart; S. S. Howe; and Frank
Wright. Named for Union soldier Grenville
Gove, Company F, 11th Kansas Cavalry
the county contains the cities of Quinter,
Gove City, Grainfield, Grinnell and Park.
On August 2, 1887, the
Denver, Memphis, and Atlantic Railroad
Company laid its track into the town of
railroad, later part of the Missouri
Pacific, contributed to the settlement of
the county. Later, in the 1920s, a large
of the county's sod was broken to
plant wheat. This caused extreme
difficulties in the county during the
1930s dust bowl.