Harper County

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Harper County is named for Marion Harper, who was a Sergeant of the Second Kansas Cavalry and who died near Waldron, Arkansas in December 1863.


Created:  February 26, 1867

County Seat:

Anthony  1867 – present


County Courthouse – Anthony 


Location:  201 Jennings Avenue / East Steadman Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa

Contractor:  Matheim & Walker of St. Joseph, Missouri


Description: The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick and limestone structure. The building is rectangular with entrances on three sides. The west front has a stone porch on the first story and on the third story are arched windows. Above is a large pediment with semi-circular window. At each corner is an octagonal red colored brick tower with steep roof. In the center of the building rises a square red colored brick clock tower with clock and statue of Justice at the top. The base of the building is course stone.


Note:  Other contracts were let to Reynolds and Jones of Kingman for plumbing and heating, J Q McAfee for wood furniture, Livingstone Furniture Company for opera chairs, L L Livingston for electrical and Art Metal Construction Company for the vaults. The budget for construction was $60,000.


Note: The architect, George P Washburn & Sons, designed courthouses in Anderson County, Atchison County, Butler CountyChautaugua County, Doniphan County, Franklin CountyKingman County, Miami County, Pratt County and Woodson County, and Beaver County in Oklahoma.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Harper County Courthouse



N – Kingman County

E – Sumner County

S – Grant County, Oklahoma and Alfalfa County, Oklahoma

W – Barber County























Photos taken 2010