Wilson County

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Wilson County is named for Hiero T Wilson, who was a settler, postmaster and prominent citizen of Fort Scott.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Woodson County

E – Neosho County

S – Montgomery County

W – Elk County and Greenwood County

 

Created:  August 25, 1855                     Map of Kansas highlighting Wilson County

County Seat:

Fredonia  1873 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fredonia 

 

Location:  615 Madison Street / North 6th Street

Built:  1960 – 1961

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kene & Bradley Architects of Topeka

Contractor:  Freeto Construction Company Inc. of Pittsburg

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story brick, glass and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Fredonia. The south front has an overhanging second story of cream colored brick. The first story is faced with reddish flagstone and has horizontal windows. The main entrance is on the east side with glass panels rising to the roof line. There is an entrance at the west side with colored panels above. In the interior a long hallway runs east-west along the south side of the first story. On the second story the County District Court courtroom is located on the northwest side and the small courtroom is located on the south west side. The building houses the County District Court of the 31st Judicial District. 

 

See:  The architect, Kiene & Bradley Architects of Topeka, designed courthouses in Coffey County, Greeley County, Jefferson CountyLogan County, Morris County and Neosho County.

 

See:  A memorial clock tower utilizing the original 1885 courthouse clock is located adjacent to the sidewalk on Monroe Street on the north side of the courthouse grounds.

 

See:  The 31st Judicial District includes Allen County, Neosho County and Woodson County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1855 and the county seat was disputed with eight elections from 1869 to 1873 when Fredonia was selected. The county used rented premises. The first courthouse was designed by William R Parson and constructed by Gauth & Sedley in Fredonia in 1885. The building was demolished when the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1960 to 1961.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Fredonia

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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County District Court small courtroom

 

 

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County Courthouse Clock Tower – Fredonia

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2023