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Leavenworth County Courthouse, Leavenworth, KS. Photo by Susan Howell.
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Leavenworth County

Location of Leavenworth County, Kansas
 
County Seat: Leavenworth
Founded: 1855
Population:
    · 68,691 (2000)
    · 64,371 (1990)
    · 40,940 (1900)
Area: 463 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: LV

 
Leavenworth county is located in northeast Kansas close to Kansas City. The Leavenworth Area Development LCDC Corporation site has extensive information about the county.
  • The dome of the main building of the famous U.S. Penitentiary - The "Big House" - can be seen for miles around. It's a very impressive building.
  • Fort Leavenworth has been an active Army post since the early Nineteenth century and is the oldest Army post in continuous existence west of the Missouri River. A self-guided tour includes the Buffalo Soldier Monument and park.

History

Map of Leavenworth County, KS in 1899
Organized in 1855.  County seat, Leavenworth.  From Fort Leavenworth. the most important military post in the West.  It was established in 1827, and was named after Colonel Henry H. Leavenworth, of the United States Army.
 
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 Leavenworth County.
 
There is a section on Leavenworth County in the book Kansas: a Cyclopedia Of State History by Frank Blackmar (1912).
 
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Basehor, Fort Leavenworth, Lansing, Leavenworth, and Tonganoxie.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Leavenworth County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Leavenworth County

                           2000
    Town                Population  ZIP         Year  Elevation
    =================   ==========  =========   ====  =========
    Bain City                                            900
    Basehor                  2,238  66007       1965     984
    Cochrane                                             850
    Coldspur                                             850
    East Fairmount                                       969
    Easton                     362  66020                903
    Ettenson                                             815
    Fairmount                                            970
    Fall Leaf                                            825
    Five Points                                         1016
    Hiatt                                                849
    Hoge                                                 854
    Jarbalo                                              900
    Kickapoo                                             900
    Lansing                  9,199  66043       1959     794
    Leavenworth             35,420  66048*      1854     900
    Lenape                                               789
    Linwood                    374  66052                800
    Little Kaw                                           795
    Lowemont                                            1110
    Mahon                                                845
    Maltby                                               780
    Maywood                                              755
    Millwood                                             910
    Reno                                                 853
    Richardson                                           836
    South Basehor                                        962
    Springdale                                          1020
    Stone                                                900
    Tonganoxie               2,728  66086                853
    Wadsworth                                            850
    Xavier                                               900

 
Census Bureau Profile & Map

Libraries

Museums

  • First City Museum   (913) 682-1866
    C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
    National Fred Harvey Museum
    Museums sponsored by the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association, Inc.
    743 Delaware, Leavenworth, KS 66048
    Open Thur., Fri., & Sat., 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. - Admission is free.
     
  • Lansing Historical Museum   (913) 351-1887
    115 E. Kansas, Lansing, KS 66043
     
  • Leavenworth County Historical Society - Carroll House Museum   (913) 682-7759
    1128 Fifth Avenue, Leavenworth, KS 66048
     
  • Frontier Army Museum
    Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
     
  • Tonganoxie Historical Museum   (913) 845-2477
    201 W. Washington St. - PO Box 785, Tonganoxie, KS 66086

Leavenworth County School Systems

Colleges & Universities

Hospitals

Newspapers

Other Leavenworth County Sites

More Data About Leavenworth County

Economic Development Health Data

Genealogy

Other links

Leavenworth County Offices

For more about Leavenworth County contact:

References

  • The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1984) - reprint
 
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