Montgomery County

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Montgomery County is named for Richard Montgomery, who was a United States general killed in the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wilson County

E – Labette County

S – Nowata County, Oklahoma and Washington County, Oklahoma

W – Chautauqua County and Elk County


Created:  February 26, 1867                  Map of Kansas highlighting Montgomery County

County Seat:

Independence  1867 – present


County Courthouse – Independence 


Location:  217 East Myrtle Street / North 6th Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edward Oscar Fallis & Company of Toledo, Ohio

Contractor:  J H Brewster of Drum Creek


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story gray Bedford stone and concrete structure. The south front has a large porch supported by four large columns rising to the top of the third story. The recessed entrance is framed with stone. A cornice projects below the roof line with a wide portion above. The windows are vertical. An addition was added in 1931. The architect was Cuthbert & Suehrk of Topeka and the contractor was Frank Brewster.


See: The architect, Edward Oscar Fallis & Company of Toledo, Ohio also designed the courthouses in Ohio in Paulding County and Williams County; and in Illinois in Schuyler County, in Indiana in Noble Countyin Michigan in Lenawee County and Monroe County.


See:  The architect, Cuthbert & Suehrk of Topeka, designed courthouses in Bourbon County and Norton County.


County Judicial Center – Independence 




Location:  300 East Main Street / North 4th Street

Built:  1988 – 1989

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Edwards and Daniels Associates and Hight / Jackson Associates PA

Contractor:  Crossland Construction Company Inc. of Columbus, Kansas.


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Independence on the east side of the courthouse. The south front has a recessed entrance with glass panels above. Portions of the building extend from the main building. The windows are wide and horizontal. The base of the building is white concrete with buff-brown brick above.


See:  The 14th Judicial District includes Chautauqua County. 


History:  The first courthouse was a frame structure erected in 1870. The second courthouse was built in 1878. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1886 to 1887. An addition was constructed in 1931. The Judicial Center was constructed in 1988 to 1989.


Note:  The lowest point in Kansas is the Verdigris River at 608 feet ( 207 meters ) which is located in the county. 




County Courthouse – Independence






















County Judicial Center – Independence










Photos taken 2009