Wyandotte County, Kansas
Wyandotte County Courthouse in Kansas City
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 29, 1859|
|Named for||Wyandot people|
|Largest city||Kansas City|
|• Total||156 sq mi (400 km2)|
|• Land||152 sq mi (390 km2)|
|• Water||4.6 sq mi (12 km2) 2.9%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,039/sq mi (401/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Wyandotte County (//; county code WY) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010 census, 157,505 people lived there. This would make it the county with the fourth-most number of people Kansas. Its county seat is Kansas City. Kansas City is also the biggest city in Wyandotte County. It has a unified government. Wyandotte County west of Kansas City, Missouri.
History[change | change source]
The Wyandot[change | change source]
The county is named after the Wyandot (also known as Wyandott or Wyandotte) Native Americans. They were called the Huron by the French in Canada, but they called themselves Wendat. They were distantly related to the Iroquois. They had hoped to stop white Americans from moving into their territory. They also hoped to make the Ohio River the border between the United States and Canada.
Other historical facts[change | change source]
The county was organized in 1859. Tenskwatawa (Tecumseh's brother), "the Prophet", fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. He was buried at Shawnee Native American historical site Whitefeather Spring. The Kansas City Smelting and Refining Company employed over 250 men during the 1880s.
The Delaware Crossing (or "Military Crossing"; sometimes "the Secondine") was where the old Indian trail met the waters of the Kaw River. Circa 1831, Moses Grinter (one of the earliest permanent white settlers in the area) created the Grinter Ferry on the Kansas River here. His house was known as the Grinter Place. The ferry was used by people (such as traders, freighters, and soldiers) traveling between Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott on the military road. Others would cross this area on their way to Santa Fe.
Geography[change | change source]
The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 156 square miles (400 km2). Of that, 152 square miles (390 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (2.9%) is water. It is the smallest county by area in Kansas.
People[change | change source]
|U.S. Decennial Census|
Government[change | change source]
Presidential elections[change | change source]
Unlike almost every other county in Kansas, Wyandotte County has been solidly Democratic ever since the New Deal. The only Democrat to lose Wyandotte County since 1932 has been George McGovern in 1972. Wyandotte was the only county in Kansas to vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944,[b] Adlai Stevenson II in both 1952 and 1956, Hubert Humphrey in 1968, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and Walter Mondale in 1984.
Economy[change | change source]
Village West, has helped the economy in KCK and Wyandotte County grow. At Village West, there are companies like Hollywood Casino, Legends Outlets Kansas City, Schlitterbahn Vacation Village, Cabela's, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Great Wolf Lodge, T-Bones Stadium (home to the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association) and Children's Mercy Park (home of Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer).
Education[change | change source]
Colleges and universities[change | change source]
School Districts[change | change source]
- Turner USD 202
- Piper USD 203
- Bonner Springs USD 204
- Kansas City USD 500
Private schools[change | change source]
- Resurrection Grade School (formerly St. Peter's Cathedral Grade School)
- St. Patrick's Grade School
- Christ the King Grade School
Other schools[change | change source]
Communities[change | change source]
Incorporated cities[change | change source]
- Kansas City
- Bonner Springs (partly in Leavenworth and Johnson counties)
- Lake Quivira (partly in Johnson County)
References[change | change source]
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Pritzker, Barry (1998). Native Americans: Southwest - California - Northwest Coast - Great Basin - Plateau. ABC-CLIO. p. 682. ISBN 978-0-87436-836-9.
- History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people; Perl W. Morgan; Lewis Publishing; 1911. Archived 2012-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Brackman, Barbara (1997). Kansas Trivia. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4185-5381-4.
- "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
- Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
- "Home | Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway". Hollywoodcasinokansas.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
- This comprises 8,109 votes (43.02 percent) for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt (who carried the county) and 1,262 votes (6.70 percent) for Socialist Eugene V. Debs.
- Along with only winning Androscoggin County in Maine in 1932, this is the fewest counties FDR carried in any state during any of his four Presidential campaigns.
More reading[change | change source]
- Historic Preservation. Kansas City, Kansas, Urban Planning & Land Use
- Sween, Argentine Pictures. Interactive Genealogy. Pictorial History of Wyandotte County, KS.
- Historical Wyandotte County. Kansas Heritage, Kansas Community Network.
- Views of the Past. Kansas City, Kansas Bicentennial Commission.
- Sween, Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. Virtual Bonner Springs, KS.
- Vaughan, Joe H. (2012). Kansas City, Kansas. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-9399-0.
- Tuttle and Pike's Atlas of Kansas City, Kansas; Tuttle & Pike; 13 pages; 1907.
- Complete Set of Surveys and Plats or Properties in Wyandotte County and Kansas City Kansas; G.M. Hopkins & Co; 51 pages; 1887.
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wyandotte County, Kansas.|
- Kansas City / Wyandotte County Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Wyandotte County Economic Development Council
- Wyandotte County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Maps: Current, 1996, 1915, KDOT and Kansas Historical Society