Leoti was founded in 1885 by a company of men from Garden City, Kansas. Two years later, in 1887, it was involved in the bloodiest county seat fight in the history of the American West. The shoot-out was on February 27, 1887, when men—some would say hired gunmen—from Leoti, went to the neighbor and rival town of Coronado and left several people dead and wounded. Leoti later won the right to become the county seat and now the two other towns (Coronado and Farmer City) consist mainly of farmland.
Moral of the story: If you want something badly enough…..hire some gunmen.
To learn more about Leoti (pronounced Le-oh-TAH) and how Terry and I were able to stay in a house all to ourselves, click here.