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The County of Dawson was thought to have been named after Jacob Dawson, the first
postmaster in the settlement of Lancaster, the forerunner to the state's capital city.


 Further research has indicated that the honor could actually belong to Pennsyvania
Congressman, John L. Dawson; writer of the homestead bill of 1854


The county's original boundaries were set byTerritorial Legislature in 1860.


This county website is available for adoption.


Adjacent Counties

Buffalo,  Phelps,  Gosper, Frontier,  Lincoln and  Custer.



Cities and Villages










Online Data


Pioneer History




 Naming of Dawson County


News Articles    




1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes 


County History   




1860 U.S. Federal Census    


Fifth Commencement Class - Lexington  


WWI Draft Card Registration 1917-1918 Index   

1883 Pensioners List   

Crimes and Murder   

News Tidbits   




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Last updated January 30, 2015




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