County contains vast areas of unspoiled prairie, used and managed
as grasslands since it was settled. In the spring, after the pastures
have been burnt, some of the hills look like they are all rock
without enough soil to support life, and it's easy to see where
the name Flint Hills came from. Later, by the end of May, the
harshness is buried in a thick carpet of wildflowers and lush
County was organized in 1859. The county seat is Cottonwood Falls.
Chase County was created out of portions of Wise and Butler counties,
and named in honor of Salmon P. Chase, successively Governor of
Ohio, United States Senator, Secretary of the Treasury, and Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court. In the Senate, he was earnest in
his opposition to the extension of slavery into Kansas.