Linn County

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Linn County is named for Lewis F Linn, who was a doctor and a United States Senator from Missouri.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Miami County

E – Bates County, Missouri

S – Bourbon County

W – Anderson County

 

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

County Seat:

Paris                1859 – 1866

Mound City      1866 – 1871

La Cygne         1871 – 1873

Farmers City    1873 – 1874

Pleasanton      1874 – 1875

Mound City      1875 – present

                

County Courthouse – Mound City

 

Location:  315 Main Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  George Ropes of Topeka

Contractor:  Z Mentzer ( supervisor )

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Mound City. The north front has an arched window above the doorway with stone above and a large arched window on the second story. The front rises to a peak with a square white tower behind having a steep roof. Along the east and west sides are three dormers on each side. The base of the building is gray stone.

 

Note:  During construction, J W L Bell did the excavation work, G W Goodlander of Fort Scott laid the foundation, John T Trigg of Centerville, Iowa did the brick work and Z Mentzer was the superintend and purchaser of materials. The cost of construction was $20,0000.

 

See:   The building is the fourth oldest courthouse in Kansas. The oldest courthouse is located in Chase County (1873), second oldest in Pottawatomie County (1884) and the third oldest in Gove County (1885).

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Linn County Courthouse

 

History:  The first courthouse was the home of James P Fox in Paris purchased for $100. The second courthouse was the United Brethren Church erected in 1863 in Mound City and purchased for use as a courthouse in 1866. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1885 to 1886.

 

County Judicial Building – Mound City

 

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Location:  316 Chestnut Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kansas Steel-Built Inc. of Topeka

Contractor:  Kansas Steel-Built Inc. of Topeka

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Mound City on the north side of the courthouse. A ripple concrete skirt descends from the flat roof line. 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Mound City

 

 

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County Judicial Building – Mound City

 

 

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Photos taken 2009