If you are looking for Dorothy and Toto, this isn’t your part of Kansas. If you enjoy incredible food, outdoor recreation, festivals, history, music, or sports, Crawford County might just be your place. Do you want to take your picture in front of the largest electric shovel in the world? You can do that here.
Once the coal mining capital of the world, for the past 150 years visitors have been drawn to Southeast Kansas, bringing international flavors as diverse as the settlers, miners, and college students who made this their home. While here, you must experience those flavors by dining at one of six famous, locally owned fried chicken restaurants, two of which were featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Wars series.
You can explore our history at three different area museums (all free), numerous historical sites, or join us at annual celebrations and festivals throughout the County.
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy Mother Nature, we’ve got you covered. With a variety of parks and outdoor recreation opportunities, including the 500-acre Crawford State Park, you can spend the day kayaking, fishing, hunting, cycling, or just soaking up the sun. Known across the country for our “strip pits,” Southeast Kansas features over 1,000 man-made bodies of water that provide some of the best fishing you will find anywhere.
With a diverse selection of local boutiques and unmatched hospitality, you can easily fill a day with shopping if that’s more your style. To unwind at night, try your luck at Kansas Crossing Casino or visit one of our local breweries.
During certain times of the year you may even catch nationally touring Broadway shows or bands, or major sporting events like the NJCAA National Football Championship.
There’s truly something for everyone in Crawford County, Kansas!
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Crawford County Kansas is known for its coal mining heritage and the settlement of many different ethnic groups who came to the United States in search of work in the coal fields. Because of the diverse background of our immigrant population, Crawford County is blessed with good foods (noted in our legendary chicken and steak restaurants, and the annual Festa Italiana), colorful festivals and lively music; and the friendly, hard-working people. Our communities are enriched by the opportunities provided by Pittsburg State University. Our five local school districts, through partnership and cooperation, are periodically noted as some of the top schools in the state.
At the request of the Board of County Commissioners in 2006 the County Clerk's Office produced a multi-media presentation (see videos) about the history of Crawford County. If you would like to receive a copy of the CD containing the presentation please contact the Clerk's office.
The Government of Crawford County is a three commissioner system. The Commissioners meet twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday), with the exception of holidays, in the County Courthouse at 10:00 AM. Seated with the Commissioners are the elected County Clerk and the appointed County Counselor. The Clerk and Counselor, in conjunction with the elected County Sheriff, Register of Deeds, County Attorney, County Treasurer, and appointed officials in the county, carry out the legislative policies of the Board. The Kansas District Court is also located in the courthouse.
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