Elk County

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Elk County is named for the Elk River which was named after the abundance of elk in the region.


Created:  March 3, 1875

County Seat:

Howard  1875 – present


County Courthouse – Howard 


Location:  127 South Pine Street / East Washington Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Romanesque Revival and Italian Renaissance

Architect:  George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska

Contractor:  Morse Contracting Company.


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story yellow buff colored brick and stone structure. The north front has an arched entrance on the first story and rises to a high square brick clock tower with open section at the top. The front east and west sections are on story with a two story section behind. The base of the building is course limestone. The red colored roof is hipped. The building was renovated in 1976 to 1977.


Note:  The previous courthouse constructed by J S Huntly in 1877, burned on October 24, 1906. L F Roberts was hired to tear down the remaining wall and the cost of construction of the present courthouse was $47,000.


See:  The architect, George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska, designed courthouses in Missouri in Andrew County, Bates County, Johnson County and Lawrence County and in Nebraska in Fillmore County and Nuckolls County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Elk County Courthouse



N – Greenwood County

E – Wilson County and Montgomery County

S – Chautauqua County

W – Cowley County and Butler County


























Photos taken 2010