Crawford County, Kansas

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Crawford County (county code CR) is a county located in Southeast Kansas in the United States. The population was estimated to be 38,059 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat is Girard, and its most populous city is Pittsburg.[2] The county was named in honor of Samuel J. Crawford, Governor of Kansas.

The Pittsburg Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Crawford County.

Crawford County, and much of Southeast Kansas, was founded on coal mining, the Pittsburg-Weir Coalfield being located there, and is still known for mining today. Pittsburg State University also is here.

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History

On Sunday, May 4, 2003, a strong and violent F4 tornado touched down in western Crawford County at around 4:40 p.m. The tornado remained on the ground throughout Crawford County until it entered neighboring Barton County, Missouri—traveling a total of 35 miles (56 km) and ending near Liberal, Missouri. The towns of Ringo, Franklin, and Mulberry, all in Crawford County, were devastated. The tornado cut a path of destruction roughly one quarter mile wide. Several F4 and F5 tornadoes hit Kansas, Missouri, and several other states that day, including the Kansas City metropolitan area. Six deaths were reported in Kansas, and Governor Sebelius declared much of Eastern and Southeastern Kansas a disaster area, including Crawford County.

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