Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was from Kentucky and who was a United States Representative, a United States Senator and Secretary of State.


Created:  February 20, 1857

County Seat:

Clay Center  1866 – present


County Courthouse – Clay Center 


Location:  715 5th Street / Court Street

Built:  1900 – 1901

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  J C Holland and Company of Topeka

Contractor:  J C Ziegler, H H Ziegler & J T Dalton of Junction City


Description: The building faces south and is a three story Manhattan tough hewn stone structure. The south front of the rectangular building has a large stone arch on the first story with recessed entrance. Above the entrance, the wall rises to a peak at the roof line. On the center of the roof rises a high square stone 65 foot clock tower with parapets and steep roof.


Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $33,770. A H Andrews Company of Chicago, Illinois was awarded the contract for furnishing the offices for $3,448.


See:  The architect, J C Holland and Company of Topeka, designed courthouses in Geary County and Mitchell County; and in Nebraska in Jefferson County. Holland and Son designed courthouses in Ness County and Rice County. With Frank C Squires, he designed courthouses in Riley County and Thomas County. With Charles W Squires, he designed the courthouses in Marion County and Osborne County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Clay County Courthouse



N – Washington County

E – Riley County and Geary County

S – Dickinson County

W – Ottawa County and Cloud County























Photos taken 2009