Pottawatomie County, Kansas

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Pottawatomie County (standard abbreviation: PT) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of 2000, the population is 18,209. The county seat is Westmoreland. The county takes its name from the Potawatomi tribe of Native Americans.

Among the famous natives of Pottawatomie County are world heavyweight boxing champion Jess Willard and automobile executive Walter Chrysler.

The county is part of the Manhattan, Kansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Law and government

Pottawatomie County was created by the Kansas Territorial legislature in 1857, out of land formerly included in Riley County. The present county seat of Westmoreland was selected by a vote held in 1882.

Pottawatomie 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.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 862 square miles (2,233 km²), of which, 844 square miles (2,187 km²) of it is land and 18 square miles (46 km²) of it (2.07%) is water.

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