History from Kansas State Historical
Trego County was
organized on June 21, 1879, by Edgar Poe
Trego; Albert F. Warren; and James Keeney.
The county was
named for Edgar Poe Trego, and
contains the cities of Collyer and
The WaKeeney Presbyterian
Church was founded in 1878. The first
county fair was held in 1910, and the
first school district
was formed in WaKeeney in 1884. The
district was organized in 1882 five miles
south of Colby.
In 1878 an alarm over the
Cheyenne Indian outbreak in the area
curtailed settlement; however, in 1879 a
great influx of
settlers arrived from Chicago
increasing the population from minimal to
over 3,500 allowing for county
said that during the last Indian
raid in the county, an Indian was killed.
The body was discovered much later and his
was dressed in a suit, placed on the
stage to Hill City by some fun-loving men,
and sent on his way. When the stage driver
discovered who his passenger was, he
departed the stage without hesitation.
Also, supposedly gold was discovered by
men in the shale along the Smoky
River. After a considerable exchange of
currency, the men who discovered the gold
disappeared never to be seen again.