Wabaunsee County

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Wabaunsee

Wabaunsee County is named for Wabaunsee, who was Chief of the Potowatomi Native American tribe.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Pottawatomie County

E – Shawnee County and Osage County

S – Lyon County

W – Morris CountyGeary County and Riley County

 

Created:  August 30, 1855                     Map of Kansas highlighting Wabaunsee County

County Seat:

Wabaunsee  1855 – 1866

Alma             1866 – present

 

County Courthouse – Alma  

 

Location:  315 Kansas Avenue / West 3rd Street

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Art Deco and Classical Revival

Architect:  W E Glover of Topeka

Contractor:  Shuss & Henderson of Larned

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a four story gray colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Alma. The building is rectangular and is poured-in-place concrete construction with dressed Carthage stone veneer. The east front has vertical pilasters between the windows rising to the top of the third story. The windows on the fourth story are square. The roof line is flat and is defined by a parapet with zigzag detailing.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Wabaunsee County Courthouse

 

History:  In 1866 the county seat was moved from Wabaunsee to Alma. A two story stone courthouse was erected by Fred Link, Fritz Volmer and George Bender in 1872 at a cost of S8000. An addition was added in 1893. The building was demolished. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1931 to 1932 att a cost of $164,989.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Alma

 

 

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Photos taken 2010