Mar 10, 1881 - The first bank in Kingman was established by the Gassard Brothers and H. L. Strohm.
Mar. 18, 1881 - The Seneca City Council decided to purchase hook and ladder trucks, with four Babcock extinguishers; six ladders aggregating ninety-six feet in length, ten oak-tanned fire buckets, and other accessories.
Apr. 5, 1881 - The Bank of El Dorado was opened for business.
Apr. 29, 1881 - Five business houses destroyed by fire in Burlington, involving a loss of $15,000. The houses were owned by C. A. Clark, J. M. Allison, S. S. Freeman, H. G. Beatty and T. J. Goodwin.
May 6, 1881 - A most startling occurrence in Carbondale; the burning of a shaft in W. L. Green's coal mines, in which nine men lost their lives.
Jul. 5, 1881 - Greeley was incorporated as a city of the third class, and the first election held.
Jul. 5, 1881 - The Methodist Episcopal Church North of Howard was dedicated to sacred and religious uses, by Rev. Bernard Kelley, of Wichita.
Aug. 1, 1881 - The railroad comes to Douglass when it becomes the terminus of the Walnut Valley branch of the A., T. & S. F. Railway.
Aug. 13, 1881 - The Winfield City Mill was destroyed by fire, with only the water-wheels and part of the engine escaping.
Nov. 1, 1881 - Construction began on the Russian St. Fidelis Church, of Victoria, Ellis County.
Nov. 22, 1881 - First National Bank of Hiawatha, having been chartered in October, began business in its new building at the corner of Oregon and Seventh streets.
Dec. 14, 1881 - The Altamont steam flouring mill was opened for business.