Doniphan County

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Doniphan County is named for Alexander W Doniphan, who was the commander of a regiment of cavalry during the Mexican War.


Created:  August 25, 1855

County Seat:

Troy  1858 – present


County Courthouse – Troy 


Location:  120 East Chestnut Street / South Main Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa

Contractor:  J H Wagenknecht of Wathena


Description: The building faces south and is a three story red brick and limestone structure. The building is located on the Courthouse Square with landscaped grounds. The south front has a porch supported by four limestone pillars with balcony above. On the corners of the building are round towers with conical roofs. Between the towers is a peaked section with small windows on the fourth story. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with windows and domed roof. On the grounds is a 35 foot Indian burr oak sculpture by Peter Toth.


Note:  The courthouse constructed in 1867 to 1868 by J J Johnson and Edward Straughn, was razed in 1905 to permit construction of the present courthouse. The cost of construction of the courthouse was $39,950.


Note: The architect, George P Washburn & Sons, designed courthouses in Anderson County, Atchison County, Bulter County, Chautaugua County, Franklin County, Harper County, Kingman County, Miami County, Pratt County and Woodson County, and Beaver County in Oklahoma.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Doniphan County Courthouse



N – Richardson County, Nebraska, Holt County, Missouri and  Andrew County, Missouri

E – Andrew County, Missouri and Buchanan County, Missouri

S – Atchison County

W – Brown County
























Photos taken 2009