Barber County takes its name from Thomas W. Barber, a Free-State settler in Douglas County,
who was killed near Lawrence on December 6, 1855. It was intended when the county was christened that it should bear the name of Barber,
but somebody, out of an exceedingly wise head, determined that the spellilng should be Barbour, and it stood in this form until 1883,
when the Legislature enacted that henceforward the county should bear the name originally given it.1.
Organized in 1873. County seat Medicine Lodge.2.
- 1. William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas
published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL.
- 2. History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)