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.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Kingman County

E – Sumner County

S – Grant County, Oklahoma and Alfalfa County, Oklahoma

W – Barber County


Created:  February 26, 1867                  Map of Kansas highlighting Harper County

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, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Anthony. 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


History:  The county was created in 1873 but not organized until 1878. The county seat was not settled until 1907 with Anthony designated as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908.




County Courthouse – Anthony



















Photos taken 2010