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Osborne County, Kansas
History and Genealogy

Founded: February 26, 1867
The county seat is Osborne.

Named in honor of Vincent B. Osborne, Private of Company A, 2nd Kansas Cavalry, who lost his right leg January 17, 1865, on the steamer Anna Jacobs on the Arkansas River. He was distinguished for his courage in the Civil War, and who in 1867 settled at Ellsworth, Ellsworth county.


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The largest tree in Osborne County is a cottonwood. It stands eleven miles due east of Osborne on the banks of the Solomon. It is 200 or 300 yards from the road and but a short distance from the river. Harlan Parker was but there Friday and put his tape measure around the tree. Five feet from the ground the tree showed a circumference of exactly 20 feet and six inches. Mr. Parker did not ascertain the height. The tree is still in a healthy condition and growing right along. How old it is nobody seems able to tell, but a number have ventured the assertion that it must be at least 200 years old. The massive tree is quite a site, well worth driving out that far to see. - Osborne Farmer

Source: Plainville Times, 24 May 1917

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