Pratt County

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Pratt County is named for Caleb S Pratt, who was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Kansas Infantry and who was killed at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek on August 10,  1861.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Stafford County

E – Reno County and Kingman County

S – Barber County

W – Kiowa County and Edwards County


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

County Seat: 

Pratt  1867 – present


County Courthouse – Pratt 


Location:  300 South Ninnescah Street / East 3rd Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa

Contractor:  Randall & Smith


Description:  The building faces west and is a four story red colored brick, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Pratt. The west front has a large porch supported by four columns which rise from the second story to the top of the fourth story. The first story is faced with white colored limestone. There are balconies on the second and third stories. The corner sections project slightly from the main building. The roof line is flat. The building was remodeled in 1923 after fire damage and completed in 1924. The architect was A R Mann & Company of Hutchinson.


Note:  The courthouse and separate jail facility behind it were built for a total of $101,399.31. On June 6, 1923, the roof and top two floors of the courthouse were destroyed by fire, believed to be the result of a lightning strike. The brick and stone exterior walls were deemed structurally sound and A.R. Mann of Hutchinson was hired as the architect to rebuild at an estimated cost of $50,000 to $60,000.


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


See:  The architect,  A R Mann & Company of Hutchinson, designed courthouses in Ellis County, Ellsworth County, Graham County, Lane County, Republic CountyScott County, Stafford County and Stevens County.


History:  Pratt was established as the county seat in 1888. The court was housed in the Peoples Bank on Main Street. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910.




County Courthouse – Pratt










Photos taken 2010