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Name that Town! - June 15, 2012

Q: There’s only one county seat in Kansas that’s located in three different counties. Name the county seat where portions of the city limits spill over into three different counties.

Wild-Bill-Monument Daniel-McLean_FlickrBuffalo Bill Sculpture near Oakley, Kan. (Flickr Photo by Daniel McLean)


Oakley (the county seat of Logan County also spills over into Thomas and Gove counties)

Annie-Oakley Sebastian-Salamander_FlickrOakley, in northwest Kansas, is the county seat of Logan County. Situated in the far northeast part of Logan County, the city of Oakley also spills over into the neighboring counties of Thomas and Gove. Contrary to popular belief, the city is not named for the famous Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. One of the town’s founding fathers, David Hoag, named the community after his mother, Elizabeth Oakley Gardner Hoag. Despite this fact, the town embraces the idea that its name is often confused with the more famous of the two Oakleys. Indeed, if you visit this town, you can stay at the Annie Oakley Motel.

Buffalo Bill_Cody_by_Burke,_1892Fun Factoid: It was near Oakley that “Buffalo Bill” Cody became a legend. Cody and another man with the same nickname held a buffalo shooting contest. Cody won the shooting match, forever cementing his reputation as the best buffalo hunter in the West. At that time, Cody was killing buffalo to supply meat to railroad workers who were laying tracks across Kansas. Later, Cody started his famous Wild West Show and became one of the biggest celebrities of his day. By some accounts, Cody was the most famous person in the world by the turn of the 20th Century.





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