in 1873, Barber County whose county seat is Medicine Lodge, was
named in honor of Thomas W.Barber, a Free State settler of Douglas
County, who was killed in consequence of the political troubles,
near Lawrence, December 6, 1855. (the county was originally named
in the statute as "Barbour," but was corrected by special
act of the Legislature in 1883.)
County's beautiful Gyp Hills offer scenic views straight out of
a Technicolor movie. Highway US 160 passes through this area and
there is a marked scenic route to take you by some of the best
Most of the county is hilly, and the economy is based on ranching,
petroleum, and mining.
Nation began her crusade against saloons in Kiowa. Her home in
Medicine Lodge is now a museum.
Medicine Lodge was the site of a famous gathering of Indian tribes
to make a treaty with the U. S government.