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Cloud County is a county located in the state of Kansas. Based on the 2010 census, the county population was 9,533. Cloud County was created on February 27, 1860. The county seat and most populous city is Concordia. The county is named in honor of William F. Cloud, Union General in the American Civil War who chiefly fought in Kansas and Missouri.
The county was originally named for Governor William Shirley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts from 1741 to 1756. The name was changed to Cloud in 1867 in honor of Colonel William F. Cloud, of the Second Regiment, Kansas Volunteers.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Cloud County, located just west of the 6th principal meridian, in the second tier of counties south of Nebraska, was created out of unorganized territory by the act of Feb. 27. 1860.
The county was originally named for Governor William Shirley, colonial
Governor of Massachusetts from 1741 to 1756. On Feb. 26, 1867, the name was changed to Cloud in honor of William F. Cloud, colonel
of the Second Kansas cavalry.
It is bounded on the north by Republic county; on the east by Washington and Clay; on the south by Ottawa; on the west by Jewell and Mitchell, and has an area of 720 square miles.
On Feb. 4, 1865, the boundary lines of Washington county were extended to include the counties of Shirley and Republic, provided, "however, that at any time in the future, when the territory now comprised either in the county of Shirley and (or) Republic shall contain the number of inhabitants that shall entitle them to a county organization, they shall he authorized to organize and become a distinct county."
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.4%) is water.
county is located in northeast Kansas. The northern part of the county water
comes from the Republican river and its streams. The southern portion water
comes from the Solomon river, which flows in a southeasterly direction across the southwest corner. In the northeastern part of the county there are
several salt springs and marshes.
Coal is found near the center of the county, south of the Republican river, and is mined to some extent for local
use. Plenty of good quality magnesium limestone found in this county. Good building stone is quarried in the vicinity of Concordia. Potter's clay is
abundant in all portions of the
county, and these deposits have been significantly worked in the northeast portion.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Concordia USD 333
Concordia Junior-Senior High School
Concordia Middle School
Southern Cloud County USD 334
Clifton-Clyde USD 224
Cloud County Community College
Miltonvale Wesleyan College (closed 1972)
Concordia Normal School (closed 1876)
Concordia Business College (closed sometime after 1930)