Anderson County

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Anderson County is named for Joseph C Anderson, who was a member of the first Kansas Territorial Legislature and speaker of the House of Representatives.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Franklin County

E – Linn County

S – Allen County

W – Coffey County


Created:  August 25, 1855                     Map of Kansas highlighting Anderson County

County Seat:

Shannon  1856 – 1859

Garnett    1859 – present


County Courthouse – Garnett


Location:  100 East 4th Street / South Oak Street

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  George P Washburn

Contractor:  F H Latimer & Charles W Benning


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story dark red brick, limestone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Garnett. The  west front has a large arch at the entrance with recessed doorway. Above the entrance is a peaked roof with the statue of the Roman Goddess Justitis. On each corner of the building are round brick towers with conical roofs. On the center of the roof is a high square brick bell tower with peaked roof. The base of the building is white colored limestone. The roof is hipped with red colored clay tile. In the interior cross hallways on the first story connect with the entrances on each side of the building. In the interior there are tile floors and an iron staircase. The large County District Court courtroom is located at the southwest side of the second story. The courtroom is a green color with high ceiling and stained glass windows below the ceiling. The building houses the County District Court of the 4th Judicial District. In 1947, a slate roof replaced the original roof. Along the east side is County Law Enforcement Center.


See:  The architect, George P Washburn & Sons, designed courthouses in Atchison County, Butler County, Chautauqua County, Doniphan County, Franklin County, Harper County, Kingman County, Miami County, Pratt County and Woodson County, and Beaver County in Oklahoma.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Anderson County Courthouse


See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Coffey CountyFranklin County and Osage County.


History: The county was created in 1855 and Shannon was selected as the county seat. The court first met at the home of Francis Myer in 1856. A contract was completed with Dr. Preston Bowen to build the  courthouse at Shannon for $1000 in 1857. In 1859, the county seat was moved to Garnett and work stopped on the courthouse. The first courthouse was a two story stone structure erected in Garnett in 1868. The county jail had been erected in 1864 at a cost of $3,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902 at a cost of $75,000.




County Courthouse – Garnett


































County District Court courtroom

























Former County Courthouse Annex - Garnett 




County Law Enforcement Center – Garnett

Photos taken 2010 and 2023