Smith County

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Smith County is named for J Nelson Smith, who was part of the 2nd Colorado Cavalry and who was killed at the Battle of Little Blue during the American Civil War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Franklin County, Nebraska and Webster County, Nebraska

E – Jewell County

S – Osborne County

W – Phillips County


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

County Seat:

Smith Center  1872 – present


County Courthouse – Smith Center 


Location:  218 South Grant Street / West Court Street

Built:  1918 – 1920

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Thomas W Williamson & Company of Topeka

Contractor:  M C Brady


Description: The building faces west and is a three story square shaped limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Smith Center and has columns rising from the second story to the third story. There is a small pediment over the entrance. The cornice protrudes from the building and there is a balustrade along the roof with clock in the center section. The first story has horizontal bands of limestone. The roof line is flat.


See:  The architect, Thomas W Williamson & Company of Topeka, also designed courthouses in Cheyenee County, Jackson County and Sheridan County.


History:  The first courthouse in 1873 was the rented building on the northeast corner of Main Street and East Kansas Avenue in Smith Center owned by Colonel C F Campbell. The second courthouse was a two story building built by James Boddy and John Crandall in 1887 at a cost of $5,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1918 to 1920.




County Courthouse – Smith Center






















Photos taken 2006 and 2019\0