McPherson County

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McPherson

McPherson County is named for James Birdseye McPherson, who was a Major General during the American Civil War.

 

Created:  February 26, 1867

County Seat:

McPherson  1867 – present

 

County Courthouse – McPherson 

 

Location:  117 North Maple Street / West Kansas Avenue

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  John G Haskell and J F Stanton of Topeka

Contractor:  James Jack of Hutchinson

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story cream colored Kansas limestone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The east front has a high square tower rising six stories with clock and steep roof at the top. The central tower is flanked on either side by smaller octagonal towers. At the bottom of the tower is a Syrian arched entrance. Small wings project on the north and south sides. The building was renovated in 1980. The architect was E Tom Pyle Jr. & Associates and the contractor was Bob Albers Construction.

 

Note:  The limestone was quarried near Strong City in Chase County. James Jack received the construction contract for $32,594. Frank Dillon was awarded the excavation and stone hauling contract and A G Linn of Freemount was appointed to supervise all stone and brick work..

 

See:  The architect, John G Haskell, also designed courthouses in Chase County and Douglas County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – McPherson County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Saline County

E – Marion County

S – Harvey County and Reno County

W – Rice County and Ellsworth County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2016