Stevens County, located in Southwest Kansas and is home to the communities of Hugoton and Moscow. It was named for Thaddeus Stevens, Congressman from Pennsylvania, who was famous for his fierce abolitionist beliefs.
Founded: August 3, 1886
Elevation: 3,110 feet
ZIP code: 67951
Area code: 620
Time zone: Central
The County Seat and Largest City in Stevens County is Hugoton, which has long been known as the “Natural Gas Capital”. Hugoton was originally named Hugo in honor of French writer Victor Hugo, but then changed to Hugoton to distinguish it from Hugo, Colorado. Natural gas was discovered southwest of the city in 1927, leading to the development of the Hugoton Natural Gas Area and the transformation of Hugoton into a major center of natural gas extraction. The Hugoton natural gas field is the largest such field in North America and the second largest in the world.
Stevens County, Kansas is a progressive county with “A Vision for the Future.” We are diversifying our economy with the construction of the first industrial-sized cellulosic ethanol plant in the U.S. and a new milk processing plant. We enjoy outstanding educational, recreational and medical facilities while consistently having some of the lowest property taxes in Kansas. Stevens County is also blessed with thousands of acres of irrigated farmland. Our greatest asset, however, is our friendly people.
— Dustbowl Riders Annual Poker Run – The second weekend of June.
— Fourth of July Celebration – Join us for food, fun, and entertainment at the Hugoton City Park. Festivities kick off at 9:00 am on the fourth of July. This annual event has become one of Hugoton’s traditions.
— Stevens County Fair – This annual “free” event takes place the last week of July-first week of August. Come and join us for a week filled with concerts, shows for the kids, vendors, and other entertainment.
— Gas Capital Car Show & Rod Run – This event takes place on the fourth Saturday in August. If you like hot rods and fast cars then you won’t want to miss this!
— Pheasant Heaven Charities Calf Fry – Food, fun, entertainment, and auctions kick off Pheasant Hunting in Stevens County! This annual fundraiser event takes place the Friday night before hunting season. Funds raised at this and other events go to help those in need, give out scholarships, and help to make Hugoton a GREAT place to call home!
Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum
905 South Adams
Stop by and indulge in a little history of what used to be the largest natural gas field in the world. The Stevens County Gas & Historical Museum was established as a memento of the Hugoton Gas Field and the progressive development of Stevens County. The main museum building houses displays of early 1900 furnishings including a chapel, dining room, parlor, kitchen, and a sewing room. Also, in the main buildings displays of Indian artifacts, farming tools, a printing and western shop, and art room bring back life in the days of long ago. Completely restored buildings on the half-block museum complex include the Santa Fe Hugoton Train Depot, an 1887 school house, an 1887 home (one of the oldest homes in Hugoton), and an early day grocery store and barber shop. There’s a Professional Building (a tribute to Hugoton’s past judges and lawyers), the first jail house in Hugoton, and a 1905 church (the second church built in Hugoton). The Agricultural Building offers extensive displays of farm equipment & implements.
Forewinds Golf Course
2 miles west of Hugoton on Highway 56
The Beautiful Forewinds Golf Course is a nine-hole oasis on the prairie. The course features 3,210 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. The course rating is 35.0 and is has a slope rating of 113 on bluegrass. The course opened in 1965 and is open year round. Please call 620-544-8269 for more information.
Hugoton Swimming Pool
Located in Hugoton City Park, the Hugoton swimming pool is an oasis on a hot, summer day. The pool is opened at the end of May until August. The newly added double slide is a “splash!” Call the Hugoton Recreation for more info at 620-544-4675.
Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce
630 South Main Street
Hugoton, KS 67951
Stevens County Economic Development
630 South Main Street
Hugoton, KS 67951
or Visit our website – www.stevenscountyks.com