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Kansas has one hundred and five counties. Originally 33 counties were organized by the Territorial Legislature in 1855. The Chase County Courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas was built in 1873 and is the oldest operating courthouse in Kansas. As of January 1, 2009 Greeley County and the city of Tribune unified to form the Unified Government of Greeley County..

Gove County, Kansas

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Gove County is a county located in the state of Kansas. Based on the 2010 census, the county population was 2,695. Gove County was created on March 11, 1868. The county seat is Gove City, and its most populous city is Quinter. The county is named in honor of Grenville L. Gove, Captain in the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War who died November 7,1864.

Etymology - Origin of Gove County Name

The county is named in honor of Grenville L. Gove, Captain in the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War who died November 7,1864.


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Gove County History

Gove County, in the western part of the state, is the third from the west line of the state, the third south from the Nebraska line and the fifth north from Oklahoma. It is bounded on the north by Thomas and Sheridan counties, on the east by Trego, on the south by Lane and Scott, and on the west by Logan county.

Winter wheat, corn, barley and sorghum are the principal field crops. Live-stock raising is profitable.

Point of Interest

Gove County is in the high plains, but the Smoky Hill River has cut a deep valley across it from west to east. This valley has been a natural route west for centuries, and it's lined with geologic splendors like Castle Rock (left) and Monument Rocks (right.)
  • Grainfield's magnificent Opera House is being restored.
  • The county is famous for the reptile fossils found in its chalk beds.
  • Visit the County Seat Cafe in Gove for Sunday breakfast.
  • The church at Park is a landmark can be seen for many miles.
  • You can get great beef jerky in downtown Grinnell.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,072 square miles (2,780 km2), of which 1,072 square miles (2,780 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.01%) is water.

 Gove county is located in west Kansas. The county is rolling prairie with bluffs and rough lands along the streams. The largest stream is the Smoky Hill river which flows from west to east through the southern part. Two branches of Hackberry creek enter in the northwest and join two other creeks near the center of the county, forming the larger Hackberry creek which continues in a southeasterly direction. Gypsum, limestone and mineral paint are found in substantial quantities.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Thomas and Sheridan - North
  • Trego - East
  • Lane and Scott - South
  • Logan - West


Unified School Districts

Grinnell USD 291
Grainfield USD 292
Quinter USD 293

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