Chautauqua County, Kansas

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Chautauqua County (county code CQ) is a county located in Southeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 4,359 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 3,953 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Sedan.[2] Chautauqua county is named for Chautauqua County, New York.



The first white settlers in the area that became Chautauqua County arrived in July 1868.

Chautauqua County was created by an act of the Kansas legislature on June 1, 1875 by the division of Howard County into Elk County (the northern half) and Chautauqua County (the southern half). At the time of its creation, the county's population was about 7,400.

Law and government

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Chautauqua County remained a prohibition, or "dry", county, until 2008' when a county wide ballot measure was approved to allow individual liquor sales with a 30 percent food requirement[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 645 square miles (1,670.5 km2), of which 642 square miles (1,662.8 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2), or 0.49%, is water.[4]

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