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A petition from the residents and legal voters of Kansas ask Governor St. John to organize the county of Pratt and designate the town of Iuka as the Temporary County Seat. In the late 19th century the location of County Seat was important to residents in towns of Kansas. Supporters of numerous locations within the counties of Kansas believed if their town was selected as County Seat, the success of the town would be guaranteed. The establishment of County Seat meant a courthouse would be built as well as bridges, roads, and schools. The competition of the location of County Seat among towns often resulted in bribery, fraud, and even violence.

Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882

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Item Number: 455765
Call Number: Governor's Office, Governor John Pierce St. John, Correspondence Received, Subject Files, Box 10 Folder 16
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 455765

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