In Barry Paschal's column Wednesday, "New senator would fit here," he mentioned casually that there were a number of stories you could tell about Columbia counties of other states, including Kansas.
As transplanted Jayhawker with deep roots in my home state, I can tell you there is no Columbia County in the "Land of Ahs." Kansas does share a few city and town names (Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and Dalton among others), and there is a Lincoln County but the county seat is Lincoln, not Lincolnton. There is a Douglas County too, the seat of which is Lawrence, home of the University of Kansas.
Interestingly, both the Georgia and Kansas Douglas counties were named to honor the same Illinois Senator, Stephen A. Douglas, who was Lincoln's opponent in the 1860 Presidential election.
Kansas also boasts a town named Douglass (about two hours drive from Lawrence), but it is named for the abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.
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