Decatur County

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Decatur County is named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, who was a distinguished naval office of the United States.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Red Willow County, Nebraska

E – Norton County

S – Sheridan County and Thomas County

W – Rawlins County


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

County Seat:

Oberlin  1879 – present


County Courthouse – Oberlin  


Location:  120 East Hall Street / North Griffith Street

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Squires & Ross

Contractor:  Cork & Ferrier


Description: The building faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Oberlin. Along the south are six large columns rising from the second to third story. The entrance has a stone framed door. The first story has horizontal stone. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the courtroom is located at the northeast corner of the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 17th Judicial District. 


Old County Courthouse – Oberlin  




Location:  187 South Penn Street / West Hall Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Victorian

Architect:  Mr. White

Contractor:  Mr. White


Description: The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located in the center of Oberlin to the west of the courthouse and was constructed for the Bank of Oberlin. The building was used as the courthouse from 1896 until 1926 and the building is now the Landmark Inn.


See:  National Register of Historic Plces – Old Decatur County Courthouse


See:  The 17th Judicial District includes Graham CountyNorton CountyOsborne County, Phillips County and Smith County.


History:  The county was created in 1873 and Oberlin was selected as the county seat in 1879 when the county was organized. The first courthouse in 1896 was a bank built by Mr. White in Oberlin in 1886 and is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927.




County Courthouse – Oberlin










Old County Courthouse – Oberlin

Photos taken 2007