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Chautauqua County, Kansas

Chautauqua County was organized on June 1, 1875, by Richard Stater; William Bowden; O. Hayson; H. S. Halliday; Alexander Sawver; George M. Ross; John W. Morris; and John Sutter. These men were all land promoters who soon left the county after organization. It contains the cities of Cedar Vale, Chautauqua, Elgin, Niotaze, Peru and Sedan, and was named for Chautauqua County, New York.

The county seat dispute between Sedan, which had been named by the legislature as the county seat, and Elk Falls, where some officers remained with the county records, continued for nearly two years. Sedan offered to construct a courthouse with private funds if it was to be the county seat. By 1877 the building was completed and Sedan was the county seat.

The first school was organized in Elgin in 1870. The county fair is held in Sedan, but the origination date is unknown.


For more information see the Chautauqua County website.

Entry: Chautauqua County, Kansas

Author: Kristina Gaylord

Date Created: February 2010

Date Modified: July 2011

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