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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..

Pawnee County, Kansas

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Pawnee County is a county located in the state of Kansas. Based on the 2010 census, the county population was 6,973. Pawnee County was created on February 26, 1867. The county seat is Larned. The county is named for the Pawnee Native Americans, who lived in the area.

Etymology - Origin of Pawnee County Name

The county is named for the once powerful tribe of Pawnee Indians, the area of this county having been included in their original hunting grounds.


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Pawnee County History

Pawnee County, in the western part of the state, is the fourth county north of the Oklahoma line and the fifth east from Colorado. It is bounded on the north by Rush and Barton counties; on the east by Barton and Stafford; on the south by Stafford and Edwards, and on the west by Hodgeman and Ness. The county was created in 1867 and named for the Pawnee Indians. As originally defined the boundaries were as follows: "Commencing where the east line of range 16 west intersects the 4th standard parallel; thence south to the 5th standard parallel; thence west to the east line of range 21 west; thence north to the 4th standard parallel; thence east to the place of beginning.''

The present boundaries were fixed in 1873. Gov. James M. Harvey issued the proclamation organizing the county on Nov. 4, 1872. It provided for a temporary county seat at Larned

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 755 square miles (1,960 km2), of which 754 square miles (1,950 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.05%) is water.

 Pawnee county is located close to the center of Kansas. The county is rolling prairie. The bottom lands comprise 25 per cent of the total area. Native timber are very thin. Magnesian and common limestone are in the north, and sandstone of a good quality is quarried near Larned. Potter's clay and ocher exist in small quantities. The Arkansas river enters in the south and flows northeast into Bourbon county. The Pawnee river enters in the west and flows east to Larned.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Rush County (north)
  • Barton County (northeast)
  • Stafford County (east)
  • Edwards County (south)
  • Hodgeman County (west)
  • Ness County (northwest)


Unified School Districts

Ft. Larned USD 495
Pawnee Heights USD 496

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