Osborne County, Kansas

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Osborne County (standard abbreviation: OB) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of 2000, the population was 4,452. The largest city and county seat is Osborne.

Frontiersman Charles "Buffalo" Jones lived in a sod house for a time in Osborne County prior to his co-founding Garden City, Kansas, in 1879.[1]


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History

Osborne County was named after Sergeant Vincent B. Osborne, Second Kansas Cavalry, who was wounded at the Battle of Wilson's Creek during the Civil War.[2]

Law and government

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Osborne County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 894 square miles (2,316 km²), of which, 892 square miles (2,311 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

The geodetic center of North America is located within the county.[1] The geographic center of the 48 contiguous states is located in neighboring Smith County.

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