Murdock Township, Butler County, Kansas

Murdock Township
—  Township  —
Location in Butler County
Coordinates: 37°52′10″N 097°05′51″W / 37.86944°N 97.0975°W / 37.86944; -97.0975Coordinates: 37°52′10″N 097°05′51″W / 37.86944°N 97.0975°W / 37.86944; -97.0975
Country United States
State Kansas
County Butler
 - Total 36.01 sq mi (93.27 km2)
 - Land 36.01 sq mi (93.27 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation 1,358 ft (414 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 378
 - Density 10.5/sq mi (4.1/km2)
GNIS feature ID 0473878

Murdock Township is a township in Butler County, Kansas, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 378.



Murdock Township was named for Thomas Benton Murdock,[1]:178 a native of Virginia who settled in Butler County.[2] Anthony G. Davis is reported to be the first settler in Murdock Township, arriving in 1857.[1]:178

Other early settlers through 1870 included Mr. Gillian, the Atkinson brothers, the Kelleys, Jim Folk, Ruben Moore, Edwin Hall, David Adams, Leander Baker, William Paul, Leonard Shafer, Mr. Blankenship, John Miller, Henry Dohren, Charles Mornhinweg, Thomas Ohlsen, Dave Kehl, Albert and Chancy Diemart, Robert Taylor, Joseph (Josephus) Claypool, Henry Terbush, the Goodales, A. L. Drake, Isaac Curtin, Jim Shibles, Bill Spencer, Barney Doyle, and William McCraner.[1]:178-180[3]

Murdock Township was organized in March 1873 and voting occurred in April 1873. The initial township leaders were: Trustee William Spencer, Treasurer W. Goodale, Clerk J. N. Shibles, Justices of the Peace Reuben Moore and B. F. Hess, and Constables B. E. Doyle and A. G. Davis.[1]:178


Murdock Township covers an area of 36.01 square miles (93.3 km2) and contains no incorporated settlements. According to the USGS, it contains two cemeteries: Sheaffer and Union.

The streams of Fourmile Creek, Prairie Creek, Whitewater Creek and Wildcat Creek run through this township.


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