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Coffey County Courthouse in Burlington, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.

Coffey County 

Location
 
County Seat: Burlington
Founded: 1859
Population:
    ·   8,865 (2000)
    ·   8,404 (1990)
    · 16,643 (1900)
Area: 615 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: CF 
 

History

Map of Coffey County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1859.  County seat Burlington.  Named in honor of Col. A. M. Coffey, a member of the first Territorial Legislative Council.  Colonel Coffey died at Dodge City in 1879.
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Coffey County.
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Strawn, and Agricola,
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Coffey County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Coffey County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Agricola                                            1140
    Aliceville                                          1120
    Burlington               2,790  66839       1870    1037
    Gridley                    372  66852               1130
    Halls Summit                                        1200
    Jacobs Creek Landing                                 1065
    Le Roy                     593  66857               1007
    Lebo                       961  66856               1157
    New Strawn                 425  66839               1100
    Ottumwa                                             1090
    Sharpe                                              1152
    Waverly                    589  66871               1131
U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts about Coffey County

Special Events in Coffey County

  • The Coffey County Fair is in July.
  • LeRoy's "Town Homecoming" each fall includes free barbeque.

Special Places in Coffey County

  • The Coffey County Visitor's Center on US 75 in Burlington is a good place to find out about upcoming events and local attractions. You can't miss the bright red Santa Fe caboose.
  • Coffey County is home to the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant. For information about the cooling lake, environmental area, and plant visits, contact (620) 364-8831. The plant's cooling lake is open for public fishing; the Coffey County Chamber of Commerce (316) 264-2002 has a brochure on fishing there.
  • The First National Bank of LeRoy has been kept "as-is" and is open for tours. Call (620) 964-2299.
  • Lebo has a jail that's over a hundred years old and some fine old houses.
  • The John Redmond Reservoir near New Strawn is a favorite lake for many Kansans. It offers boating, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Libraries

  • Burlington Branch   (620) 364-5333)  FAX:) (620) 364-2603
    410 Juniatta / Burlington, KS 66839
  • Gridley Branch   (620) 836-3905   FAX: (620) 836-3401
    P. O. Box 251, Gridley, KS 66852
  • Lebo Branch   (620) 256-6452   FAX: (620) 256-6301
    P. O. Box 506, Lebo, KS 66856
  • LeRoy Branch   (620) 964-2321   FAX: (620) 964-2394
    P. O. Box 56, LeRoy, KS 66857
  • New Strawn Branch   (620) 364-8910   FAX: (620) 364-5354
    P. O. Box 503, New Strawn, KS 66839
  • Waverly Branch   (785) 733-2400   FAX: (785) 733-2474
    P. O. Box 538, Waverly, KS 66871
  • Central Administrative Office   (620) 364-2010   FAX: (620) 364-2603
    410 Juniatta, Burlington, KS 66839

Museums

Coffey County Schools

Hospitals

Newspapers

More Data About Coffey County

Economic Development Health Data

Genealogy

Coffey County Offices

  • Coffey County   (620) 364-2683
    6th. & Neosho, Burlington, KS 66839
  • District Court   (620) 364-8628
    110 South 6th Street, P.O. Box 330, Burlington, KS 66839
  • Extension Service   (620) 364-5313
    110 S. 6th, PO Box 269, Burlington,KS 66839

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Last updated on October 1, 2013 · COUNTIES@KSLIB.INFO
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