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Otoe County, Kansas [defunct]

Date Established: February 17, 1860
Date Organized:
Date Defunct: February 24, 1864
Location: Kansas map showing location of Otoe County
Boundaries: Otoe County embraced townships 21, 22, 23, and the northern 2/3 of 24 in ranges 1 through 4 east of the sixth principal meridian. The boundaries were defined in the creating statute as: "Commencing at the northwest corner of Butler County; thence west to the 6th principal meridian; thence to a point 4 miles south of the 5th standard parallel, on the north line of the Osage reservation; thence east to a point due south of the southwest corner of Butler County; thence north to the place of beginning."
Origin of Name: Named for the Otoe [Oto] Indian tribe of Nebraska. The tribal name is derived from 'wat-ota,' meaning 'seekers of pleasure' or 'lechers,' a name given them when they separated from their kindred tribes, the Iowa and Missouri.
History: Apparently never organized. In 1864, the boundaries of Butler County were enlarged to include Otoe County. Most of the territory once comprising Otoe is included in the present county of Butler, with the remainder in the eastern parts of Harvey and Sedgwick counties.
Population: No Data Available.
Other Resources: Post offices in Otoe County
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