Atchison County

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Atchison

Atchison County is named for David Rice Atchison, who was a United States Senator from Missouri.

 

Created:  February 14, 1845

County Seat:

Linden        1846 – 1856

Rock Port  1856 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Rock Port

 

Location:  400 South Washington Street / West Cass  Street

Built:  1882 – 1883

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Edmund J Eckel and George R Mann of St. Joseph

Contractor:  R K Allen

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building sits on the side of a hill. The east front has a high square brick clock tower. The steeply sloped mansard roofs and projecting dormer windows are covered with slate and metal roofing. Decorative brick corbeling below the eaves provides a transition from wall to roof.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by Isaac F Wallis in Linden in 1848 at a cost of $475. A courthouse was designed by W H Dunbar and constructed in 1858 in Rock Port at a cost of $12,000 to $15,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $25,000.

 

See:  The architect, Edmund J Eckel and George R Mann of St. Joseph and the contractor,  R K Allen, also designed and constructed the courthouse in Nodaway County

 

Courthouses: 

N – Fremont County, Iowa and Page County, Iowa

E – Nodaway County

S – Holt County and Richardson County, Nerbraska

W – Nemaha CountyNebraska and Otoe County, Nebraska

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008