Miami County

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Miami County is named for the Miami Native American Indian tribe who resided in the region.


Created:  June 3, 1861

County Seat:

Paola  1861 – present


County Courthouse – Paola 


Location:  120 South Pearl Street / West Shawnee Street

Built:  1897 – 1899

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa

Contractor:  L W Divelbis of Olathe


Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The east front has a porch on the first story supported by four square brick pillars. On the second story is a large arched window. On the southeast corner rises a four story square red brick clock tower with steep roof. The other corners have smaller towers with steep roofs. The center section on each side has a peaked roof. The base is white stone.


Note:  The contract was let to L W Divelbis of Olathe, but he did not fulfill the terms of the contract and was relieved of the work. The commissioners decided to supervise the finishing of the building. The cost amounted to an amount under $90,000.


Note: The architect, George P Washburn & Sons, designed courthouses in Anderson County, Atchison County, Butler CountyChautaugua County, Doniphan County, Franklin County, Harper County, Kingman County, Pratt County and Woodson County and Beaver County in Oklahoma.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Miami County Courthouse


County Administration – Paola 




Location:  121 South Pearl Street / East Shawnee Street

Built:  1997 – 1998

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Pettijohn – Kinney

Contractor:  National Construction


Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete  structure. The west front has a large square  tower with the north section extending west to the street line.



N – Johnson County

E – Cass County, Missouri and Bates County, Missouri

S – Linn County

W – Franklin County




















Photos taken 2009