Bourbon County, Kansas

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Bourbon County
Bourbon County Courthouse in Fort Scott
Bourbon County Courthouse in Fort Scott
Map of Kansas highlighting Bourbon County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: Coordinates: 37°51′N 94°51′W / 37.850°N 94.850°W / 37.850; -94.850
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedAugust 25, 1855
Named forBourbon County, Kentucky
SeatFort Scott
Largest cityFort Scott
Area
 • Total639 sq mi (1,660 km2)
 • Land635 sq mi (1,640 km2)
 • Water3.6 sq mi (9 km2)  0.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
14,617
 • Density24/sq mi (9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code620
Congressional district2nd
WebsiteBourbonCountyKS.org

Bourbon County (county code BB) is a county in Southeast Kansas. In 2010, 15,173 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Fort Scott. Fort Scott is also the biggest city in Bourbon County.[2]

History[change | change source]

19th century[change | change source]

In 1855, Bourbon County was created.

21st century[change | change source]

Bourbon virus is a new strain of thogotovirus. It was first found in Bourbon County. In spring 2014, an otherwise healthy man was bitten by a tick. The man got the virus. He died 11 days later from organ failure.[3][4]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 639 square miles (1,660 km2). Of that, 635 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5]

Major highways[change | change source]

Sources: National Atlas,[6] U.S. Census Bureau[7]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18606,101
187015,076147.1%
188019,59129.9%
189028,57545.9%
190024,712−13.5%
191024,007−2.9%
192023,198−3.4%
193022,386−3.5%
194020,944−6.4%
195019,153−8.6%
196016,090−16.0%
197015,215−5.4%
198015,9695.0%
199014,966−6.3%
200015,3792.8%
201015,173−1.3%
Est. 201614,617[8]−3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2016[1]

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Bourbon County is a strongly Republican county. Only six presidential elections from 1888 to the present have resulted in Republicans failing to win the county, with the last of these being in 1964.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 72.6% 4,424 21.9% 1,336 5.5% 333
2012 65.6% 4,102 31.9% 1,996 2.5% 156
2008 62.5% 4,240 35.3% 2,394 2.2% 147
2004 65.4% 4,372 33.1% 2,216 1.5% 98
2000 61.1% 3,852 35.1% 2,211 3.9% 245
1996 50.2% 3,318 37.7% 2,491 12.2% 805
1992 40.2% 2,876 35.1% 2,509 24.8% 1,774
1988 57.8% 3,660 41.4% 2,623 0.8% 49
1984 68.4% 4,858 30.6% 2,175 1.0% 69
1980 59.2% 4,263 36.2% 2,605 4.6% 331
1976 51.8% 3,589 46.7% 3,237 1.5% 103
1972 70.1% 4,776 28.1% 1,912 1.9% 126
1968 56.9% 3,983 32.0% 2,241 11.1% 780
1964 44.9% 3,290 54.4% 3,980 0.7% 53
1960 63.0% 5,062 36.5% 2,928 0.5% 41
1956 62.4% 5,306 37.1% 3,151 0.6% 47
1952 65.3% 5,785 34.1% 3,023 0.6% 56
1948 51.4% 4,225 47.2% 3,879 1.4% 111
1944 56.7% 4,790 42.9% 3,622 0.5% 39
1940 53.6% 5,751 45.7% 4,898 0.7% 78
1936 48.6% 5,402 51.4% 5,714 0.0% 4
1932 42.6% 4,277 55.6% 5,577 1.8% 181
1928 75.9% 7,251 23.3% 2,223 0.9% 82
1924 49.0% 4,210 33.2% 2,850 17.9% 1,538
1920 52.1% 4,194 45.1% 3,632 2.8% 225
1916 37.6% 3,370 58.1% 5,209 4.3% 388
1912 27.0% 1,448 41.3% 2,209 31.7% 1,698
1908 47.8% 2,695 47.7% 2,686 4.5% 253
1904 59.3% 3,234 33.1% 1,808 7.6% 415
1900 51.4% 3,024 47.5% 2,799 1.1% 65
1896 48.2% 2,900 51.0% 3,067 0.8% 50
1892 49.2% 2,803 50.8% 2,889
1888 57.1% 3,569 29.3% 1,831 13.7% 854

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Bourbon County (map legend)

Cities[change | change source]

Notable people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. "New details on mystery virus that killed Kansas man". CBS News.
  4. "New so-called Bourbon virus linked to Kansas man's death after tick bite". UPI.
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. National Atlas Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. "U.S. Census Bureau TIGER shape files". Archived from the original on 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-12-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  9. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  11. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  12. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  13. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  14. "Jonathan M. Davis". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 September 2012.

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