Cherokee County

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Cherokee

Cherokee County is named for the Cherokee Native American tribe who resided in the region.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Crawford County

E – Jasper County, Missouri

S – Ottawa County, Oklahoma and Craig County, Oklahoma

W – Labette County

 

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

County Seat:

Pleasant View  1855 – 1868

Baxter Springs 1867 – 1868

Columbus        1868 – present

 

County Courthouse – Columbus 

 

Location:  110 West Maple Street / South Kansas Avenue

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Glover and Newcomb

Contractor:  Baumann Construction Company

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story yellow and orange colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Columbus. The north front has a projecting central section with stone facing on the first and second stories which frames the entrances and windows. There is a clock at the top of the second story. The east and west wings are lower. The building houses the County District Court of the 11th Judicial District. 

 

Note:  Near the courthouse is the old clock from the 1888 courthouse constructed by Schrage & Nicols.

 

See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Crawford County and Labette County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1857 as McGee County and in 1860 the name was changed to Cherokee County. Pleasant View was selected as the county seat in 1867 when the county was organized. The county seat was moved to Baxter Springs in 1868. When the county seat was transferred to Columbus in 1869, the county rent a house on the public square. The first courthouse was erected in 1871. A second courthouse was built in Baxter Springs in 1872 as an inducement to return of the county seat. The third courthouse was designed by Schraye & Nicholas and constructed by C C Wenzell in 1888. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1955 to 1956.

 

Old County Courthouse – Baxter Springs 

 

Location:  1210 West 10th Street / Park Avenue

Built:  1872

Style:  Classical

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Baxter  Springs. The building is rectangular shaped. The south front has a central arch on the first story with recessed entrance. The roof is hipped. The building is named as the Johnson Library.

 

Note:  The courthouse was built by the town of Baxter Springs to provide an inducement for making it the permanent county seat. The building did house the county sheriff’s office and jail for eight years until the county jail was completed at Columbus in 1880.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Columbus

 

 

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County Courthouse Clock 1888

Photos taken 2009