Chase County

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Chase County is named for Salmon Portland Chase, who was a United States Senator from Ohio and a Kansas statehood advocate.

 

Created:  February 11, 1859

County Seat:

Cottonwood Falls  1859 – present

 

County Courthouse – Cottonwood Falls 

 

Location:  Pearl Street / Broadway

Built:  1871 – 1873

Style:  Louis XIII Renaissance and Second Empire

Architect:  John G Haskell of Lawrence

Contractor:  James Bannon of Leavenworth

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story gray colored native limestone  structure. The north front has a recessed center section with narrow arched entrance on the first story and three narrow vertical windows on the second story. The east and west sections have double arched windows with projected pediments above. A wide eave runs below the red colored mansard roof on the third story which has dormer windows. On the center of the roof is a square cupola with clock and red colored roof and small platform at the top. There is an ornamental iron fence along the roof line. The foundation is rough hewn limestone. The old jail is on the second story of the rear section of the building.

 

Note:  The courthouse bell was hung in 1886. The cost of construction was $42,600.

 

See:  The courthouse is oldest courthouse in Kansas which is still in use as a courthouse. The second oldest courthouse is located in Pottawatomie County (1884), the third oldest courthouse is located in Gove County (1885) and the fourth oldest courthouse is located in Linn County (1886)

 

See:  The architect, John G Haskell, also designed courthouses in Douglas County and McPherson County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Chase County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Morris County

E – Lyon County and Greenwood County

S – Greenwood County and Butler County

W – Marion County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2016