Map of Gove County, Kansas

Gove County (county code GO) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2020 census, the county population was 2,718. Its county seat is Gove City, and its most populous city is Quinter.

Gove County overview:
Name:Gove County
FIPS code:20-063
Founded:March 11, 1868
Named for:Grenville L. Gove
Seat:Gove City
Largest city:Quinter
Total Area:1,072 sq mi (2,780 km²)
Land Area:1,072 sq mi (2,780 km²)
Total Population:2,718
Population Density:2.5/sq mi (1.0/km²)
Time zone:UTC−6 (Central)
Summer Time Zone (DST):UTC−5 (CDT)

Gove County location map. Where is Gove County?

Gove County location on the U.S. Map. Where is Gove County.
Location of Gove County in the the United States.
Gove County location on the Kansas map. Where is Gove County.
Location of Gove County in Kansas.


Early history

Eighty million years ago, Gove County was part of an ancient inland sea known as the Western Interior Seaway. Many students still visit the Castle Rock Badlands today to explore fossils and find clues about the origins, and potentially future, of life on Earth.

For many millennia, 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.

19th century

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 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1868, Gove County was established and named for Granville Llewellyn Gove, member of the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and son of Moses Gove, a former mayor of Manhattan, Kansas.

21st century

In 2020, USA Today profiled Gove County during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and called it the “deadliest place in America” due to it having the highest death rate from COVID-19 compared to any other county in the nation: 1 out of every 132 people. The first deaths were reported on October 7; as of November 2020, 20 residents died from the virus, and 314 other positive cases were reported. The article attributed the high death rate to predominant public opposition towards wearing face masks, doubts over the pandemic’s severity, and the county’s high median age, all of which left residents highly vulnerable.

Gove County Road Map

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Street map of Gove County, Kansas. Source: OpenStreetMap (OSM)
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Gove Countypolitical map.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,072 square miles (2,780 km), of which 1,072 square miles (2,780 km) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km) (0.01%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Gove County Topographic Map

Topographic Map of Gove County, Kansas
Gove County Topo map.

Gove County Satellite Map

Satellite Map of Gove County, Kansas
Gove County satellite map.

Gove County Outline Map

Outline Map of Gove County, Kansas
Gove County outline map.

See also

Map of Kansas State and its subdivision: Map of other states:
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