Rooks County

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Rooks County is named for John C Rooks, who was a private of company I, eleventh Kansas infantry, who died December 11, 1862, at Fayetteville, Arkansas.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Phillips County

E – Osborne County

S – Ellis County

W – Graham County


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

County Seat:

Stockton  1872 – present


County Courthouse – Stockton  


Location:  115 North Walnut Street / North 1st Street

Built:  1921 – 1924

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frank C Squires of Topeka

Contractor:  Cuthbert & Sons


Description: The building faces east and is a three story stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Stockton. On each side of the building are four large columns rising from the second to third story. The entrance is on the east side. The base of the building is stone. The roof line is flat.  The beautiful marble located throughout the courthouse was imported by Lautz Marble Company, and the decorating was done by William Andrews Company of Chicago.  The courtroom features beautiful white polished marble.  The corridor floors are original ceramic tile. The doors and casings are all solid original oak.  There are several original vaults throughout the courthouse with ornate door casings. The building was remodeled in 1974. The architect was Van Doren, Hazard & Stallings. Renovations were done in 2007.


Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was over $300,000.


See:  The architect, Frank C Squires of Topeka, designed courthouses in Riley County and Thomas County.


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


History:  The first courthouse was a building at the corner of Main Street and Cedar Street in Stockton in 1872. The second courthouse was a two story Italian style structure built in 1881 at a cost of $5,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1921 to 1924.




County Courthouse – Stockton







Photos taken 2007