Thomas County

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Thomas County is named for Major General George H Thomas, of the United States Army who died in 1870.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rawlins County

E – Sheridan County

S – Gove County and Logan County

W – Sherman County


Created:  March 20, 1873                       Map of Kansas highlighting Thomas County

County Seat:

Colby  1885 – present


County Courthouse – Colby  


Location:  300 North Court Avenue / West 3rd Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  J C Holland and Company of Topeka and Frank C Squires of Topeka

Contractor:  L Crosby & Son


Description: The building faces west and is a three story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Colby. The building has a high central tower with clock and steep roof at the top. The west front has steps up to a large Syrian arch with recessed entrance. The north and south sections project from the main building and rise to peaked dormers at the roof. The roof is hipped.


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 Ness County and Rice County. With Frank C Squires, he designed courthouses in Riley County. With Charles W Squires, he designed courthouses in Marion County and Osborne County.


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


History:  The first courthouse was a two story structure built by Hines & Stout in 1886. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907.




County Courthouse – Colby










Photos taken 2007