Brief History from
Kansas State Historical Society:
Saline County was
organized on February 15, 1860, by Preston
B. Plumb; Gotthart and John Shippel;
Colonel W. A. Phillips;
A. M. Campbell; James Muri; A. C.
Spillman; and Robert Crawford. New
Cambria, Gypsum, Salina, Assaria, Smolan
Brookville are cities within the
county. The county was named for the
Saline (salt) River.
The Salina First
Presbyterian Church was organized on May
12, 1860. The first county fair was held
in Salina on October 10,
1872. The first school district,
Number 1, Riverside, was organized on
February 1, 1866.
Interesting public figures
in the county include Mary Ann (Mother)
Bickerdyke, a field nurse in the Civil
much to the county by bringing in
over 300 families to the area. Glen
Martin, who on August 1, 1908, performed
aircraft flight that took off under
its own power was a native of the county.
He also designed the first parachute, the
bomber, and designed a prototype of
the first super airplane. He was founder
of Martin Aircraft in California. Tom
founder of Braniff airlines, was
also from the county. Steve Hawley, a NASA
astronaut, is from Salina. John Carlin,
of Kansas from 1979 to 1987, is a
native of Smolan. Joseph W. Bristow was an
U. S. Senator (1909-1915), and William
Phillips (1873-1879) and Lewis
Hanback (1885-1887) were Congressmen.
Rousseau Burch served as a Justice
and a Chief Justice (1935-1937) of
the Kansas Supreme Court. Film and
television actor George Murdock was born
in 1930. He starred in the original
in Battlestar Gallactica series.
The Indians have a legend
that Salina was safe from tornadoes
because it was situated at the fork of two