County Seat: Erie
· 16,997 (2000)
· 18,967 (1990)
· 19,254 (1900)
Area: 576 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: NO
Neosho County Courthouse
Organized in 1864.
County seat, Erie.
The county was originally called Dorn (see Labette),
and changed in 1861 to Neosho, after the
river which traverses the county from northwest
The name was given to the river by the Osages.
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 Neosho County
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of
The Kansas State Historical Society has
for Neosho County online including a rich bibliography and lists of
cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Neosho County
Year Elev Population Name ZIP
==== ==== ========== ================ =====
1873 950 9,411 Chanute 66720
960 80 Earlton
925 1,211 Erie 66733
1000 150 Galesburg 66740
1847 897 646 St. Paul 66771
980 South Mound
1050 106 Stark 66775
1033 500 Thayer 66776
Bureau Profile & Map
Special Places in Neosho County
- The old Santa Fe Depot in Chanute has been restored and now
houses both the city library and the Safari Museum.
It has a nice (free) shop and restrooms.
- Santa Fe locomotive #762 is in the city park in the southern
part of Chanute.
- The Canville Trading post was at the site of the town of Shaw.
There is a stone marker on the grounds of the simple white
frame church there.
- The Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum (620) 431-2730
111 N. Lincoln Ave / Chanute, KS 66720
Artifacts, photos, and mementos of the famous 1930s world travellers
- Osage Mission - Neosho County Museum (620) 449-2320
203 Washington Street / Saint Paul, KS 66771
The Osage Mission was one of the very early settlements in Kansas (1847) and played a large part in the settlement of Southeast Kansas and other areas in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.
Neosho County School Systems
Colleges & Universities
- Chanute Tribune (620) 431-4100
15 N. Evergreen / Mail: Box 559, Chanute, KS 66720
- The Erie Record (620) 244-3371
317 S. Main, Erie, KS 66733
More Data About Neosho County
- University of Kansas' County Profile Reports
Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
- WPA. The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas
(Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, reprint 1984) See tour 12,
Neosho County Offices
For more about Neosho County contact:
Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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Graphics by John Howell,
photos by Susan Howell,
used by permission.