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Dorrance is located in Russell County, in the North Central Region of the state. Population (2000): 205 Elev. 1730 feet.

Named for O.B. Dorrance, a Union Pacific railroad superintendent. Settlers began arriving at the site of Dorrance in Russell county when the railroad reached that point in 1867.

A slice of American history: L.W. Halbe, a teenager from Dorrance, took an extensive collection of Kansas farming photos, more than 1,500, beginning in 1908. Halbe perfected his craft first with a $2 box camera from his father's candy and tobacco store. Halbe's father was an entrepreneur, and the family had moved to Kansas from New York City. Halbe set up a darkroom at his home and made money selling postcard prints for 25 cents, or $3 per dozen. He used the earnings to buy a Sears Robuck camera and more photo equipment and supplies.

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Wild West Festival Hays City KS July3-6 A typical Kansas fair -- parade, big name music stars, games, demonstrations, competitions and shows, including fireworks.
Dodge City Days Dodge City KS July26-August4 The 10-day celebration hosts more than 50 events including Q-97 FM DODGE CITY DAYS COUNTRY Concert, the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo, a 2-day Indoor Craft show with over 200 crafters from a 10-state area, KidFest, and Professional Barbecue Contest.
Kansas State Fair Hutchinson KS September6-15 Each year, over 400,000 visitors flock to the Kansas State Fair to visit a wide array of exhibits, partake in fabulous Fair food, and see the amazing butter sculpture.