County Seat: Westmoreland
· 18,209 (2000)
· 16,128 (1990)
· 18,470 (1900)
Area: 828 Square Miles
Standard Abbreviation: PT
Pottawatomie County Courthouse
Organized in 1856.
County seat, Westmoreland.
Named for the Pottawatomie Indians, whose
reservation at the opening of the Kansas
Territory for settlement, and for years
afterward, embraced a large portion of the
geographical area of the County.
Map and text from History of Kansas,
Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)
Louis Vieux, a Pottawatomie Indian, once operated
the first ferry along the Oregon Trail to help travelers
across the Vermillion River near Wamego.
The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of several Pottawatomie County towns:
William G. Cutler's History of Kansas
, first published in 1883, tells about early Pottawatomie County
The Kansas State Historical Society also has
for Pottawatomie County online including a rich bibliography and
lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Cities, Towns, & Villages of Pottawatomie County
Town Population ZIP Year Elevation
================= ========== ========= ==== =========
Belvue 228 66407 960
Blaine 66549 1507
Duluth 66521 1240
Emmett 277 66422 1025
Fostoria 66426 1458
Havensville 146 66432 1200
Louisville 209 66450 1000
Olsburg 192 66520 1422
Onaga 704 66521 1150
Saint Clere 1080
St. George 434 66535
St. Marys 2,198 66536 1000
Swamp Angel 1002
Wamego 4,246 66547 990
Westmoreland 631 66549 1168
Wheaton 92 66551 1500
U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts about Pottawatomie County
Special Places in Pottawatomie County
- Wamego has a Dutch-style windmill built in 1873 by
an immigramt from Holland to grind grain.
- The Columbian
Theater in Wamego is nicely restored and serves as a
theater, museum, and gallery.
- Westmoreland has the second largest hand-dug well in the state. It's in an attractive park
beside highway K-99. While you're in town, go see the neat old courthouse.
- The Louis Vieux Elm near Wamego has been called the largest American
elm in the US. Travelers along the Oregon Trail rested under this tree.
Special Events in Pottawatomie County
- Eighteen thousand tulips are the drawing card
for the Wamego Tulip Festival the third weekend in
- The Wamego Fall Festival, the first Saturday
in October, has grown to be one of the largest in
- Wamego celebrates Independence Day in a big way,
including a huge parade.
- The Onaga Herald (785) 889-4681
302 Leonard St., Onaga, KS 66521
- St. Marys Star (785) 437-2935
517 W. Bertrand, St. Marys, KS 66536
- Wamego Smoke Signal (785) 456-2602
407 Lincoln, Wamego, KS 66547
- Wamego Times (785) 456-7838
416 Lincoln, Wamego, KS 66547
- Westmoreland Recorder (785) 457-3411
106 N. 2nd / P.O. Box 128, Westmoreland, KS 66549
Pottawatomie County School Systems
More Data About Pottawatomie County
Pottawatomie County Offices
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Last updated on
November 29, 2009
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