Morris County, Kansas

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Morris County (standard abbreviation: MR) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of 2000, the population was 6,104. The largest city and county seat is Council Grove.


Law and government

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1992, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 703 square miles (1,820 km²), of which, 697 square miles (1,806 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) of it (0.78%) is water.

Adjacent counties


The county was established on ancient grounds of the Kaw American Indian tribe. Settlers and the Kaw lived in increasingly uneasy relationship as settlers encroached on native lands.

Council Grove, established by European Americans in 1825, was an important supply station on the Santa Fe Trail. The town was also the site of an encampment by John C. Fremont in 1845 and in 1849 the Overland Mail established a supply headquarters there.

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