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Gove County


Gove County courthouse in Gove, Kansas


County Seat: Gove 
Founded: 1886 
    · 3,068 (2000)
    · 3,231 (1990)
    · 2,441 (1900)
Area: 1072 Square Miles 
Standard Abbreviation: GO 





Monument Rocks, Gove Co., Kansas Castle Rock, Gove Co., Kansas Gove County is in the high plains, but the Smoky Hill River has cut a deep valley across it from west to east. This valley has been a natural route west for centuries, and it's lined with geologic splendors like Castle Rock (left) and Monument Rocks (right.)
  • Grainfield's magnificent Opera House is being restored.
  • The county is famous for the reptile fossils found in its chalk beds.
  • Visit the County Seat Cafe in Gove for Sunday breakfast.
  • The church at Park is a landmark can be seen for many miles.
  • You can get great beef jerky in downtown Grinnell.


Map of Gove County, KS in 1899
Organized September 2, 1886.  County seat Gove.  In honor of Captain Grenville L. Gove, Eleventh Kansas Cavalry, who died in 1864.
Map and text from History of Kansas, Noble Prentis, (Winfield: E.P. Greer. 1899)

The Special Collections of the Ablah Library at WSU contain historical images of Gove County towns: Quinter, Gove, and Grinnell.
The Kansas State Historical Society also has more historical data for Gove County online including a rich bibliography and lists of cemeteries, post offices, and newspapers.
Prohibition era sign on the store/dance hall at Orion:
Near beer sold here.
Real beer sold near here.
Remembered by Maxine Litson, Gove

Cities, Towns, & Villages of Gove County

  Year  Elev  Population Name              ZIP
  ====  ====  ========== ================ =====
        2230             Alanthus
        2634         105 Gove             67736
  1879  2813         327 Grainfield       67737
        2910         329 Grinnell         67738
        2750         151 Park             67751
  1885  2677         961 Quinter          67752
Census Bureau Profile & Map

School Systems


  • Gove County Historical Museum   (785) 938-2372 / Gove, KS
    Tours available on Sundays during summer from 2-5 p.m.


  • Gove County Advocate (785) 754-3651
    304 Main St, Quinter, KS 67752

More Data About Gove County

Economic Development
  • Kansas County Profile Reports
    Statistical data from The Institute for Policy and Social Research, the University of Kansas
Health Data


County Offices

For more about Gove County contact:

  • Quinter Chamber of Commerce   (785) 754-3750
    P. O. Box 35, Quinter, KS 67752
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