Halstead, Kansas

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Halstead is a city in Harvey County, Kansas, United States. Halstead was named in honor of Murat Halstead, a respected Civil War correspondent and newspaper editor.[3] The population was 1,873 at the 2000 census.



Founded largely by Russian Mennonite immigrants, the city of Halstead was incorporated in 1877.[citation needed] With the hard red winter wheat (Turkey Red) they brought from Russia, the Mennonites established Halstead as a farming community, and built the Bernard Warkentine Mill at the confluence of the Little Arkansas River and Black Kettle Creek.[citation needed]

Dr. Arthur Hertzler, the "Horse-and-Buggy Doctor," devoted much of his life and energies to the medical environment of Halstead, founding a clinic and hospital for the area residents.[4] An urban legend claims that Dr. Hertzler performed the first appendectomy in town upon himself.[citation needed] The Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Wichita KS operated the hospital for many years following Dr. Hertzler's death.[citation needed]


Halstead is located at 38°0′4″N 97°30′30″W / 38.00111°N 97.50833°W / 38.00111; -97.50833 (38.001036, -97.508239)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.

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