Cheyenne County

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Cheyenne County is named for the Cheyenne Indian tribe, buffalo-hunters who roamed the plains of western Kansas and Nebraska south to the Arkansas River.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dundy County, Nebraska 

E – Rawlins County

S – Sherman County

W – Yuma County, Colorado

 

Created:  March 20, 1873                       Map of Kansas highlighting Cheyenne County

County Seat:

Bird City      1886 – 1889

St. Francis  1889 – present

 

County Courthouse – St. Francis

 

Location:  212 East Washington Street / North Benton Street

Built:  1924 – 1925

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Thomas W Williamson & Company of Topeka

Contractor:  Thomas D Howard

 

Description: The building faces south and is a four story buff colored brick, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of St. Francis. The building has nine bays on the north and south facades and five bays on the east and west facades. The basement is raised. The south front has stone steps rising to the entrance which has six large Tuscan columns rising to a header with brick parapet balustrade above and a clock. The roof line is flat. In the interior, there are mosaic floor tiles, plaster walls and ceilings, oak doors and trim, marble stair treads and risers and decorative iron balustrades at the staircases. At the center of the first story is the main lobby. The grand staircase is located at the south side and a small staircase is located on the west side. Each floor has a main east-west corridor. The large courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 15th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The architect, Thomas W Williamson & Company of Topeka, also designed courthouses in Jackson County, Sheridan County and Smith County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Cheyenne County Courthouse

 

See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Logan CountyRawlins CountySheridan CountySherman CountyThomas County and Wallace County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1873 and Bird City was selected as the county seat in 1886 when the county was organized. The county seat was moved to St. Francis in 1889. The first courthouse was a two story structure designed by Kincaid & Eaton and built n St. Francis in 1889. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1924 to 1925 at a cost of $163,921.

 

 

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County Courthouse – St. Francis

 

 

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Photos taken 2007