Labette County, Kansas
Big Hill Lake in western Labette County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 26, 1867|
|Named for||Pierre La Bette|
|• Total||653 sq mi (1,690 km2)|
|• Land||645 sq mi (1,670 km2)|
|• Water||7.8 sq mi (20 km2) 1.2%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||33/sq mi (13/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Labette County (county code LB) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, 21,607 people lived there. Its county seat is Oswego. Its biggest city is Parsons. The county was named after LaBette creek, the second-biggest creek in the county. The creek was named after French-Canadian fur trapper Pierre LaBette who had moved to the area.
History[change | change source]
In the 1840s, most of the people living in Labette County were Osage people. There were also many Cherokee and Euro-Americans. Many of the Euro-Americans were merchants with Osage or Cherokee wives.
Between 1871 and 1873, at least eleven people disappeared near an inn and general store run by the Bender family in Labette County. After the disappareance of the Benders in 1873, it was found that they had apparently murdered many travelers. Between eight and eleven bodies were found buried at the inn. Governor Thomas A. Osborn offered a reward of $2,000 for anyone who caught the Benders, but they were never found.
Geography[change | change source]
Demographics[change | change source]
|U.S. Decennial Census|
The Parsons, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Labette County.
The 2010 Census says that Labette County had 21,607 people living there. The median age was 41. The race of the people were 85.5% non-Hispanic white, 4.7% African-American, 2.2% Native America, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanics of some other race, 3.6% non-Hispanics reporting two or more races and 4.0% Hispanic or Latino.
Government[change | change source]
Presidential elections[change | change source]
Labette County is mostly Republican. It has a slight Democratic lean to it like many counties in Southeast Kansas. Although Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton both won the county once each, it has become more Republican.
Education[change | change source]
Unified school districts[change | change source]
- Cherokee USD 247 (Web site) is a school district of 300 square miles (780 km2) primarily covering portions of Crawford and Cherokee counties, but also includes small portions of Labette and Neosho counties.
- Parsons USD 503 (Web site)
- Oswego USD 504 (Web site)
- Chetopa-St. Paul USD 505 (Web site)
- Labette County USD 506 (Web site)
Communities[change | change source]
Cities[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Labette Co History". Labette County, Kansas. 2013. Archived from the original on June 5, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- "Kansas Counties:Labette County, Kansas". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- Nelson Case's history of Labette County, Kansas Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
- "Bender Knife". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- Potter, Tim. "The Bloody Benders: 140-year-old crime scene still fascinates today". Wichita Eagle. August 24, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
- 2010 census general population statistics on Labette County, Kansas
- Burns, Tim (September 19, 2005). "Welcome To USD #247". Cherokee, USD 247. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
More reading[change | change source]
- History of Labette County, Kansas, and Representative Citizens; Nelson Case; Biographical Publishing Co; 846 pages; 1901.
- Atlas and Plat Book of Labette County, Kansas; Geo. A. Ogle & Co; 40 pages; 1916.
- Standard Atlas of Labette County, Kansas; Kenyon Company; 53 pages; 1906.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Labette County, Kansas.|
- Labette County History and Heritage Project, Genealogy
- Labette County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Maps: Current, 1996, 1915, KDOT and Kansas Historical Society