Osage County, Kansas

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Osage County (county code OS) is a county located in east-central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 16,712 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 16,958 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat is Lyndon,[2] and its most populous city is Osage City. The county along with Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, and Wabaunsee counties is included in the Topeka, Kansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area, with an estimated population of 228,894 in 2006. Osage was originally organized in 1855 as Weller County, and was renamed in 1859 after the Osage River that runs through it.[3]


Law and government

Osage County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 719 square miles (1,863 km²), of which 704 square miles (1,822 km²) is land and 16 square miles (41 km²), or 2.19%, is water.[5]

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