Place:Wyandotte, Kansas, United States

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NameWyandotte
Alt namesWYsource: Wikipedia[1]
TypeCounty
Coordinates39.117°N 94.717°W
Located inKansas, United States     (1859 - )
See alsoJohnson, Kansas, United StatesParent county
Leavenworth, Kansas, United StatesParent county

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Description

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Wyandotte County (; county code WY) is a county located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. It is adjacent to Kansas City, Missouri and forms part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Its county seat and most populous city is Kansas City with which it shares a unified government. The county's population was 157,505 for the 2010 census.

History

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The Wyandot

The county is named after the Wyandot (also known as Wyandott or Wyandotte) Indians. They were called the Huron by the French in Canada, but they called themselves Wendat. They were distantly related to the Iroquois, with whom they sometimes fought. They had hoped to hold off movement by white Americans into their territory and had hoped to make the Ohio River the border between the United States and Canada.

One branch of the Wyandot moved to the area that is now the state of Ohio. They generally took the course of assimilation into Anglo-American society. Many of them embraced Christianity under the influence of missionaries. They were transported to the current area of Wyandotte County in 1843, where they set up a community and worked in cooperation with Anglo settlers. The Christian Munsee also influenced early settlement of this area.

The Wyandot in Kansas set up a constitutional form of government that they had devised in Ohio. They set up the territorial government for Kansas and Nebraska. It was one of their own who was elected as territorial governor.

Other historical facts

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 (located at 3818 Ruby Ave., Kansas City, which was added in 1975 to the National Register of Historic Places). The Kansas City Smelting and Refining Company employed over 250 men around the 1880s. The ore and base bullion is received from the mining districts of the mountains and is here crushed, separated and refined.

The Delaware Crossing (or "Military Crossing"; sometimes "the Secondine") was where the old Indian trail met the waters of the Kaw River. Around 1831, Moses Grinter (one of the earliest permanent white settlers in the area) set up the Grinter Ferry on the Kansas River here. His house was known was the Grinter Place. The ferry was used by individuals (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.

The Diocese of Leavenworth moved its see from Leavenworth, Kansas to Kansas City, Kansas on 10 May 1947. It became an Archdiocese on 9 August 1952.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1855 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1857 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1859 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1859 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1859 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1860 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1885 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 2,609
1870 10,015
1880 19,143
1890 54,407
1900 73,227
1910 100,068
1920 122,218
1930 141,211
1940 145,071
1950 165,318
1960 185,495
1970 186,845
1980 172,335
1990 161,993

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