Ellis County is named for First Lieutenant George Ellis of company I, twelfth Kansas infantry, who was killed on April 30, 1864 at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas.
Created: February 26, 1867
Hays 1867 – present
County Courthouse – Hays
Location: 1204 Fort Street / East 12th Street
Built: 1940 – 1942
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Mann and Company of Hutchinson
Contractor: Ralph Hunter Construction
Description: The building faces west and is a two story yellow colored brick structure. The recessed center section rises above the north and south sections. Three long vertical windows are above the entrance canopy on the west side with long narrow windows on either side. The roof line is flat. The building was a Work Projects Administration project.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by C W Squires in 1898.
See: The architect, Mann & Company of Hutchinson, designed courthouses in Ellsworth County, Graham County, Lane County, Pratt County, Republic County, Scott County, Stafford County and Stevens County.
N – Rooks County
E – Russell County
S – Rush County
W – Trego County
Photos taken 2007 and 2010