Wayne County, Iowa

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Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 6,730. Its county seat is Corydon[1].

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,365 km²), of which 526 square miles (1,361 km²) is land and 1 square mile (4 km²) (0.28%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

History

Wayne County was formed in 1846 but was still attached to other counties for governmental purposes. It was named after General Anthony Wayne. [2]

Its southern border with Missouri was uncertain until the states got a decision from the US Supreme Court in 1848 which held the 1816 Sullivan line (re-marked in 1850), originally run as the northern boundary of an Osage Indian cession. This line is not a true east-west line so the county does not have an exactly rectangular shape.

There had been settlement in this county as early as 1841 by persons thinking they were in Missouri [3], but the first settlers intending to be in Iowa came about 1848.Its government was organized and the county seat selected in 1851.

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