Ness County

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Ness County is named for Corporal Noah Van Buren Ness, of company G, seventh Kansas cavalry, who died August 22, 1864 at Abbeyville, Mississippi.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Gove County and Trego County

E – Rush County and Pawnee House

S – Hogeman County

W – Lane County 


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

County Seat:

Ness City  1873 – present


County Courthouse – Ness City 


Location:  100 South Kansas Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1917 – 1918

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J C Holland & Son of Topeka

Contractor:  Cuthbert & Sons


Description: The building faces south and is a two story stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Ness City. The building is rectangular and has recessed entrances on the south and east sides. On the roof above the entrances are parapets with crests. The roof line is flat.


See:  The architect, J C Holland and Company of Topeka, designed courthouses in Clay County, Geary County and Mitchell County; and in Nebraska in Jefferson County. Holland and Son designed courthouses in Rice County. With Frank C Squires, he designed courthouses in Riley County and Thomas County. With Charles W Squires, he designed the courthouses in Marion County and Osborne County.


See:  The contractor, Cuthbert & Sons, constructed courthouses in Jackson County, Phillips County, Rice County and Rooks County.


Old County Courthouse -  Ness City


Location:  Main Street / Pennsylvania Avenue

Built:  1888 – 1890

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J C Holland & Son of Topeka

Contractor:  William Ruff of Ness City.


Description: The building faces south and is a three story brown colored stone structure. The building is located in the center of Ness City. There are two arched entrances on the south front. The second story has wide arched windows. The southeast corner has a square stone tower with steep roof. The building housed the courthouse from 1903 to 1917. The architect was James C Holland of Holland & Hopkins of Topeka and the contractor was 




See:  National Register of Historical Places – Ness County Bank

History:  The first courthouse was located in an old bank building in 1903, which building was designed by Holland & Hopkins and constructed by William Ruff in 1890 The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1917 to 1918.




County Courthouse – Ness City




Photos taken 2010