This interesting mural on the side of a building in downtown Johnson City reflects the rural character of the area. It is said that things were booming here until the great depression of the 1930s and the economy has never fully recovered.
Most people living here seem to like things just the way they are. Johnson City prides itself on being the first to Welcome you to Kansas if you are entering from the west and bids you to, "Come back soon!", if you're leaving Kansas on a westward journey.
Stanton County, is on the high dry plains of western Kansas, bordering the state of Colorado to the west. It was organized in 1887, about two years after the establishment of the town of Johnson, which became the county seat. The county was named after Edward M. Stanton (1814-1869), who served as Secretary of War for the Union during the War Between the States.
Stanton county covers 680 square miles and had a population of 2406 in the year 2000. The population is estimated to have declined since then. This rural county, with fewer than 4 people per square mile, boasts more than 15,000 acres of "walk in" hunting.