Franklin County, Kansas

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Franklin County (county code FR) is a county located in East Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The county's population—one of the fastest growing in the state of Kansas—was estimated to be 26,441 in the year 2009.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Ottawa.[2] The county is a part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

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History

Franklin County was one of the 33 original Kansas Territory counties created by the first Territorial Legislature of 1855. The county was named after Benjamin Franklin, and is rich in Native American lore, which dates back centuries before Kansas became a territory. The area was included in a treaty ceding land to the Osage Nation in 1808, and ceded back to the federal government in 1825. After 1825 and prior to 1867, treaties with various Indian nations set off parts of what was later to become Franklin County for their use.

Law and government

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1994, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[3]

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