Jefferson County, Kansas

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Jefferson County (county code JF) is a county located in Northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 18,848 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat is Oskaloosa, and its most populous city is Valley Falls.[2] The county along with Shawnee, Jackson, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties is included in the Topeka, Kansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 228,894 in 2006.



Settlement of the county was slowed by events prior to and during the Civil War, but the present day unincorporated community of Thompsonville (3 miles northwest of Perry on the Delaware River) was the first established in 1851 by Mormon settlers who initially refused to accompany the main group led by Brigham Young to the Salt Lake Valley. The settlement was first abandoned due to the violence resulting from the border wars but was re-established when the Civil War ended.

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