Finney County, Kansas

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Finney County (county code FI) is a county located in Southwest Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 40,998 in the year 2008.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Garden City.[2]

The Garden City Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Finney County.

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History

Finney County began about 1880 as Buffalo County and Sequoyah County, named after Sequoyah, the Cherokee Indian responsible for the development of the Cherokee alphabet. The two counties were renamed Finney County in honor of then Lieutenant Governor David Wesley Finney. The county grew to the current shape after Garfield County was annexed to it in 1893. The northeast block, separate from the otherwise rectangular area, represents what at one time was Garfield County, which is now occupied partially by the Garfield Township.[3]

Charles "Buffalo" Jones, a co-founder of Garden City, was the first member of the Kansas House of Representatives from Finney County. He was known for his efforts to preserve the buffalo from extinction.[4]

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