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  • Pvt. (USA), Ephraim Reese (1836 - 1902)
    Ephraim Reese enlisted in Company I, Ohio 115th Infantry Regiment on 02 Nov 1864. Mustered out on 25 Feb 1865.Transferred to on 25 Feb 1865.* Reese BIRTH 3 Mar 1836 DEATH 16 Mar 1902 (aged 66) BURIAL ...
  • Knute Rockne (1888 - 1931)
    Kenneth Rockne was an American football player and is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. His biography at the College Football Hall of Fame calls him "American footbal...
  • Addie Locky Leonard (1885 - 1970)
  • Albert Omer Talkington (1860 - 1942)
    Albert Omer Talkington BIRTH 26 Feb 1860 Mannington, Marion County, West Virginia, USA DEATH 13 Mar 1942 (aged 82) Elmdale, Chase County, Kansas, USA BURIAL Clements Cemetery Clements, Chase County, K...

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The Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles.

In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre. In 1848, after the Mexican–American War, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo with Spain brought into the United States all or part of land for ten future states, including southwest Kansas. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state.

In 1806, Zebulon Pike led the Pike expedition westward from St Louis, Missouri, of which part of their journey followed the Cottonwood River through modern Chase County.

In 1859, Chase County was established within the Kansas Territory.

The south-western border one mile "notch" into Marion County was established under unusual circumstances. A murder had occurred and Marion County didn't want to have the trial, so a section one mile wide and eighteen miles long was ceded to Chase County to ensure the murder had occurred there. The one mile strip of land remains in Chase County to this day.

In 1931, Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne died in a plane crash a few miles southwest of Bazaar, in Chase County, Kansas.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Bazaar
  • Birley
  • Cedar Point
  • Clements
  • Clover Cliff (Ghost Town)
  • Cottonwood Falls (County Seat)
  • Elk (Ghost Town)
  • Ellinor (Ghost Town)
  • Elmdale
  • Gladstone
  • Homestead
  • Hymer
  • Matfield Green
  • Morgan (Ghost Town)
  • Neva (Ghost Town)
  • Rockland
  • Rural
  • Saffordville
  • Strong City
  • Thurman (Ghost Town)
  • Toledo
  • Wonsevu



Tallgrass Prairie Nat'l Preserve

Cedar Point Mill

Crocker Ranch