Labette County

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Labette County is named for the French word meaning ”the beet” which is a vegetable.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Neosho County

E – Crawford County and Cherokee County

S – Craig County, Oklahoma and Nowata County, Oklahoma

W – Montgomery County


Created:  February 7,1867                     Map of Kansas highlighting Labette County

County Seat:

Oswego  1867 – present


County Courthouse – Oswego 


Location:  517 Merchant Street / 6th Street

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Thomas W Williamson and Company of Topeka

Contractor:  Dalton Construction Company of Joplin, Missouri


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story cream colored stone face and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Oswego. The east front has a projecting central section with four dividing pillars between the entrance doors on the first story and the windows on the second and third stories. There are vertical orange colored panels between the windows. The building houses the County District Court of the 11th Judicial District. 


See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Cherokee County and Crawford County.


History:  The county was created in 1967 and Oswego was selected as the county seat. The first courts met on the second story of the Buntain Building and on the second story of the Fleming Building in Oswego. The first courthouse was a one story frame building erected in 1868 and transferred to the county in 1869. The second courthouse was a stone structure erected by J H Swain in 1869. In 1870, an addition was built by Reverend Joseph A Cox at a cost of $900. The third courthouse was built by H C Hall and C O Perkins in 1880. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1948 to 1949.




County Courthouse – Oswego













Photos taken 2009