Jefferson County

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Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Atchison County 

E – Leavenworth County

S – Douglas County and Shawnee County

W – Shawnee County and Jackson County


Created:  August 30, 1855                     Map of Kansas highlighting Jefferson County

County Seat:

Oskaloosa  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Oskaloosa  


Location:  300 Jefferson Street / Liberty Street

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kiene and Bradley and Associates

Contractor:  J A Lundgren & Sons


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the spacious landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Oskaloosa. The south front has a central entrance on the first story with glass panels and small over hanging canopy. Six blue vertical pillars run along the building. A horizontal concrete band divides the first and second stories. The second story northwest corner of the building has a large, faceless clock. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the 2nd Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1988. The architect was Ossmann & Associates of Topeka and the contractor was Tefft & Donaldson Contractors.


See:  The architect, Kiene & Bradley Architects of Topeka, designed courthouses in Coffey County, Greeley CountyLogan County, Morris County, Neosho County and Wilson County.


See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Jackson CountyPottawatomie County and Wabaunsee County.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Oskaloosa was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure designed by E D Baldwin and constructed by Grisham & Swain in Oskaloosa in 1868. The courthouse was destroyed by a tornado in 1960. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1961 to 1962.




County Courthouse - Oskaloosa  

























Picture 1868 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2010