Republic County

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Republic County is named for the Republic River, which was named because the valley of the stream was the seat of the Pawnee Republic.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Nuckolls County, Nebraska and Thayer County, Nebraska

E – Washington County

S – Cloud County

W – Jewell County

 

Created:  February 27, 1860                  Map of Kansas highlighting Republic County

County Seat:

Pleasant Hill  1868 – 1869

Belleville        1869 – present

 

County Courthouse – Belleville 

 

Location:  1815 M Street / 18th Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Mann & Company of Hutchinson

Contractor:  Peterson Construction Company of Salina

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three to four story white colored concrete, glass and concrete structure. The rectangular building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Belleville. The building has seven bays on the east and west facades and six bays on the north and south facades. The pored-in-place building has polished black granite detailing. The west front has a projecting center section with rectangular arch with recessed entrance and windows with metal grille work. The windows are vertical. The roof line is flat. The building is located on landscaped grounds.

 

Note:  During construction, L S Nelson served as architectural superintendent. The cost of construction was $250,532 of which the Public Works Administration grant covered $112,936 of the total cost..

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Republic County Courthouse

 

History:  The first courthouse was erected in Belleville in 1869 at a cost of $3,000. The second courthouse was a three story brick structure designed by George Roper and constructed by Hulse & Mosses and Ulrich Brothers in 1885 at a cost of $24,344. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1938. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939..

 

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County Courthouse – Belleville

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2010