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Ottawa County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell.
 Ottawa County Courthouse

Ottawa County

Location of Ottawa County, Kansas
 
County Seat: Minneapolis
Founded: 1866
Population:
    ·   6,163 (2000)
    ·   5,634 (1990)
    · 11,182 (1900)
Area: 721 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: OT

 

History

Map of Ottawa County, KS in 1899
Created in 1860 and organized in 1866.  County seat Minneapolis.  Named for the tribe of Ottawas
 
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
 
Minneapolis was the boyhood home of the famous scientist George Washington Carver from 1880 to 1885.
 
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, first published in 1883, tells about early Ottawa County.
 
There is a section on Ottawa 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 Minneapolis, Culver, and Delphos.
 
The Kansas State Historical Society also has historical data for Ottawa County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Ottawa County

                 2000
  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
        1301             Ada              67414
        1250             Alfmil
        1221         623 Bennington       67422
        1263             Brewer
        1260         164 Culver           67484
        1300         469 Delphos          67436
        1370             Lamar
        1242             Lindsey
        1253       2,046 Minneapolis      67467
        1200             Niles
        1284             Sumnerville
        1294         339 Tescott          67484
        1199             Verdi
        1300             Vine Creek
        1372             Wells            67488
 
U.S. Census Bureau's QuickFacts about Ottawa County, Kansas

Ottawa County School Systems

Ottawa County Museums

  • Delphos Museum   785-523-4658
    101 N. Washington (corner of Washington and First), Delphos, KS 67436
  • Ottawa County Historical Museum   (785) 392-3621
    110 S. Concord · Minneapolis, KS 67467

Ottawa County Newspapers

Special Places in Ottawa County

  • Rock City Park is a national natural landmark filled with large and unusual rock formations located about 2.5 miles SW of Minneapolis
  • The Red Post Tours offer guides for touring Ottawa County by car. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (785) 392-3068 for more information.
  • The city library and museum offers an exibit and plaque about George Washington Carver.

More Data About Ottawa County

Health Data Geologic Data
  • The Kansas Geological Society has a Geologic Map of Ottawa County online.

Genealogy

Ottawa County Offices

  • Ottawa County   (785) 392-2279
    307 N. Concord St. · Minneapolis, KS 67467
  • Extension Service   (785) 392-2147
    307 N Concord, Suite 190 / Minneapolis, KS 67467-2140
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Minneapolis Area Chamber of Commerce
(785) 392-3068
213 W. Second / Minneapolis, KS 67467
 
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