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The Joplin Region is comprised of Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, & Northeast Oklahoma where you'll find seven counties working together to make your business expansion or location successful and profitable. Explore our region and you will find a quality labor force, available buildings and sites, a strong transportation network, competitive state and local incentives, numerous education and training facilities and many other resources available to grow your company.
Cherokee County, KS    

Cherokee County was organized on August 3, 1866, by John Rogers; David M. Harlan; Richard Fields; George Fields; and Dennis Wolf. The county contains the cities of Baxter Springs, Columbus, Galena, Roseland, Scammon, Treece, Weir and West Mineral.

The county has been home to many interesting Kansans. Governor Samuel Crawford (1864-1868) lived in a large country house just east of Baxter Springs. James R. Hallowell was elected to Congress in 1878 but refused his seat because Kansas was allowed to have only three members and those were already serving. He also served as U. S. District Attorney from 1879 to 1884. Merle Evans, for more than 50 years the bandleader for Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus, was a resident of Columbus. Chief Justice of the Kansas Court of Appeals Jerome Harmon. Paul Gregg, an artist, was an illustrator for the Denver Post for more than 30 years. Glad Robinson Youse, of Baxter Springs, was an internationally known composer. Hale Irwin, professional golfer, was a resident of Baxter Springs as a boy.

It is said that the Osage Indians under Chief Black Dog often used the Black Dog Trail (now 7th Street in Baxter Springs), from Spring River to reach their hunting grounds in present Labette and Montgomery counties. The story is told that women and children would clear the trail wide enough for thirty horsemen to ride abreast.

Lynn Riggs, author of Green Grow the Lilacs, wrote about life in the Cherokee Strip and Mary Lolek, a resident of West Mineral wrote Immigrant Woman based on her life in the area.

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