Decatur County, Kansas

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Decatur County (county code DC) is a county located in Northwest Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 3,120 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Oberlin.[2] The county is named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr.

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History

The county was established March 20, 1873 and organized on December 15, 1879. It is named for the Navy war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., who served during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Oberlin was the site of the last Native American (specifically the Northern Cheyenne) Raid in Kansas.

Law and government

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 2002, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 894 square miles (2,315.4 km2), of which 894 square miles (2,315.4 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2), or 0.07%, is water.[4]

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