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Finney County began about 1880 as Buffalo County and Sequoyah County, named after Sequoyah, the Cherokee Indian responsible for the development of the Cherokee alphabet. The two counties were renamed Finney County. It is named after David Wesley Finney, who was serving at Lt. Governor when it was organized. The county grew to the current shape after Garfield County was annexed to it in 1893. The northeast block, separate from the otherwise rectangular area, represents what at one time was Garfield County, which is not occupied partially by the Garfield Township.

Charles "Buffalo" Jones, a co-founder of Garden City, was the first member of the Kansas House of Representatives from Finney County. He was known for his efforts to preserve the buffalo from extinction.

Garden City is the county seat.  Besides the cities listed at the left, the communities of Friend, Gano, Kalvesta, Lowe, Pterson, Pierceville, Plymell, Ritchal, Rodkey, Tennis and Wolf lie within the boundarines of Finney County. - Wikipedia


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