Cloud County, Kansas

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Cloud County (county code CD) is a county located in North Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 10,268 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 9,594 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Concordia.[2]



Origin of the county's name

Cloud county was originally named "Shirley" county, but was later renamed "Cloud" county in honor of Colonel William F. Cloud.[3]

Circumstances of the county's establishment

Cloud County was formed from the existing Washington County, Kansas in a joint convention with Republic and Cloud counties. The county was legally organized on September 6, 1866 with Elk Creek designated as the temporary county seat.[4]

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